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A.J. Quist Young Breeder of the Year Memorial Award Jana McClelland


As Presented by Steve Maddox


Te A.J. Quist Young Breeder of the Year Memorial Award was established in 1957 to recognize


young Reg-


istered Holstein Breed- ers for not only their accomplishments, but also their potential for a successful career


in


the Registered Holstein business.


We can certainly say that this year’s award


recipient, Jana McClelland, is on her way to a very successful career in the Registered Holstein and dairy business.


On her fifth birthday, she received her first Registered Holstein as a gift from her parents. Tat gift was, McClelland Valient Essey. Her herd grew from Essey and just a few years later she purchased HMG Roebuck Buttons from Henry Grossi at her local Redwood Empire Holstein Club Sale. Tat was the start of her early days with Regis- tered Holsteins, which grew to about 30 registered Holsteins, the ac- cumulation of 4-H and FFA projects.


Jana’s senior year of high school was the first time her family exhibited at the California State Holstein Show. Tat year, McClelland Highlight Elissa was the Reserve Grand Champion of the junior show. Jana calls Elissa her first “show” cow above the local level. Since that first State Show, she has exhibited the Junior Champion at the California State Show and Western Spring National with McClelland Dundee Ivory. Ivory was the first heifer she ever exhibited at World Dairy Expo, com- ing in 7th place.


Her favorite cow to work with on the farm has been McClelland Rum- ble Else. Else was first place 125,000 pound cow at the 2007 California State Holstein Show. In 2009 Else went on to be the Reserve Grand Champion on the California State Show and Best Uddered of the Hol- stein Show. Else was the first cow on the farm to be classified EX-95 and produced 207,620 pounds of milk, 8,156 pounds of fat at 3.9%


1957 Melvin George 1957 Alvin Quist 1958 Maurice & Lindsey Ketscher 1959 Wackerman Brothers 1960 Bill & Libby Clark 1961 Norman & Freda Lucas 1962 Louis Aufdermaur, Jr. 1963 Bernard Souza, Jr. 1964 Doug Maddox 1965 Tom Nunes 1966 Art Avrit 1967 Tom Sawyer 1968 Paul Rollin 1969 Kip Herzog


1970 Louis Calcagno 1971 George Nunes 1972 Stanley Gomes 1973 Andy Hurtgen 1974 Mike Martin 1975 Vic Gouveia, Jr. 1976 Tony Bos 1977 Gilbert Teixeira 1978 Dino Ortega 1979 Joe Vieira 1980 Dan Ranney 1981 Louie Jr. and Leo Durrer 1982 Ralph Grossi 1983 Bill Genasci


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and 6,165 pounds of protein at 3.0%, in her eleven years. She was sired by, a herd sire, an Integrity son from the Ramona family.


Today, Jana is in partnership with her parent’s, George and Dora Mc- Clelland, on McClelland’s Dairy in Petaluma, Calif., where they milk about 500 Registered Holsteins and participate in breed improve- ment programs like, DHIR, Holstein Complete and the DMS mating service. On the farm, Jana is the driving force behind the production of her family’s new European Style Organic Artisan Butter.


Jana has been a very active in Holstein activities. She served as Presi- dent of the Redwood Empire Holstein Club in 2006 and 2007 and has chaired their local Black and White Show for three years. When the Redwood Empire Club hosted the State Convention, Jana chaired the Moo-nte Carlo Casino event for host night. In 2012, the Redwood Empire Club will host the State Convention, Jana will be co-chairing host night. When the National Holstein Convention came to Califor- nia, Jana coordinated the Northern California Pre-Convention Tour. She pulled out all the stops and showed guests the best of Northern California Holsteins, wines and of course San Francisco!


Aside from her activities with Holsteins, Jana is a Sonoma County Farm Bureau Board of Director, local DHIA director, serves as mem- ber of the Petaluma FFA Ag Advisory Board and is a graduate of the Western United Dairy Leadership Program. Jana also gives back to her community by volunteering a local Petaluma Soup Kitchen.


When asked her opinion on why she believes Registered Holsteins have a future in her dairy program and in the future of dairy, this is what she had to say, “I believe that having Registered Holsteins is a great way to promote your farm and breeding program. Trough showing cattle we have been able to show potential buyers of breeding bulls and commercial cattle what type of cows we milk on our farm. I also believe that registered cattle will play and important role in educat- ing the public about dairy farms and where their food comes from. Participating in these events can showcase our cows, giving farmers a face and a name to put with their products. It highlights the animals in their best capacity, showing consumers how much dairy farmers care for their animals.”


Congratulations to Jana McClelland, this year’s A.J. Quist Young Breeder of the Year Memorial Award recipient!


Jana joins these past A.J. Quist Award Winners…


1984 James Quist 1985 John Honnette 1986 Frank Borba 1987 George McClelland 1988 Hank Van Exel 1989 Ken & Kathy Elliott 1990 Leo Langerwerf 1991 Dennis Areias 1992 Leroy Rocha 1993 Chris Hellwinkel 1994 George & Kelly Morasci 1995 Dino Miglazzo 1996 Joey Airosa 1997 Patrick Maddox


1998 Mike Mulas 1999 Joey Fernandes 2000 Chris & Agnes Sawyer 2001 Donald Rollin 2002 Tony & Janet De Mello 2003 Tony Borba 2004 Bill & Jennifer Silva 2005 Chris & Ellen Durrer 2006 Tara Davis 2007 Ryan Matheron 2008 Jon & Tami Tollenaar 2009 Lucas Deniz 2010 Robert Teixeira


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