The Jersey Youth Academy was created in 2008 by the Board of Directors of the American Jersey Cattle Association to attract, educate and retain talented young people for careers in the Jersey dairy business. The program is conducted every two years, with all program costs paid by the Academy fund.
Calvin and Lorraine Covington, Clemmons, N.C., made a contribution in memory of Norma “Duffy” Lyon, Toledo, Iowa. Known the world over as “the Butter Cow Lady,” Duffy was named an AJCA Honorary Member in 2007 and was World Dairy Expo’s Dairywoman of the Year in 1990.
Memorial gifts were also received honoring Neal F. Schirm, Canal Winchester, Ohio. A lifelong Jersey breeder, Schirm served as Director of the American Jersey Cattle Club and received the AJCA Distinguished Service Award in 2004. He was one of the founders and original delegates to the Central Ohio Breeders Association. Making contributions were J. Lawrence and Barbara C. Benson, New Lebanon, N.Y.; Frank and Diane Bordonaro, Mineral Ridge, Ohio; Arlene Chamberlain, Wyoming, N.Y.; COBA/Select Sires, Inc., Columbus, Ohio; Mary S. Creek, Hagerstown, Md.; D. Todd and Kelly J. Kranz, Dublin, Ohio; Lawrence E. and Betty E. Neel, Lancaster, Ohio; the Ohio Jersey Breeders Association Inc.; Jeanne and Harold Schacht, Canal Winchester, Ohio; and Wickstrom Jersey Farms, Inc., Hilmar, Calif.