Members of the California Jersey Cattle Association gather for their annual meeting every year in February. The event is opportunity for them to catch up with friends and honor accomplishments.

Several special awards are given at a banquet held in conjunction with the annual meeting. The California Senior Breeder and California Junior Breeder awards recognize accomplishments in developing outstanding herds of Registered Jersey cattle. The Distinguished Service and Sweetheart awards honor service to the dairy industry and the state Jersey organization.

CLICK HERE for a list of Jersey breeders who have earned awards from the California Jersey Cattle Association.


C.A. and Kirsten Russell, Yosemite Jerseys, received the California Senior Breeder award from 2017 California Jersey Queen Charley Baptista.


The California Distinguished Service Award was given to Duane Wickstrom, center. He is pictured with Queen Baptista and grandson, Brent Wickstrom.


Kirsten Russell, left, and Margaret Wickstrom, right, received the California Sweetheart award.


Brent Wickstrom received the Young Jersey Breeder award.

Officers and directors are elected to govern the state Jersey organization at the annual meeting. Officers serve one-year terms; directors serve three-year terms.

Jersey breeders also enjoy a little friendly competition in show rings across the state every year. Two popular and competitive Jersey shows are the California Spring Jersey Show and the California State Fair.

For more information on becoming a member of the California Jersey Cattle Association, contact Secretary Cathy Sanders by emailing