ABA News . . .


Le-An Farm Dispersal Sale

The Kelly Family will have a dispersal sale on Thursday, April 24 at the farm in Deerfield, WI..
Le-An Dispersal Catalog (pdf format)


Wisconsin Spring Sale

The Wisconsin Ayrshire Spring Sale will be held on Saturday, April 19 in Neillsville, WI.
Wisconsin Ayrshire Spring Sale Catalog (pdf format)


Kentucky National Sale

The Kentucky National Show & Sale will be held on Friday, April 4th in Louisville, Kentucky at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center..
Kentucky National Sale Catalog (pdf format)


Ohio Ayrshire Spring Sale

The Ohio Ayrshire Spring Sale will be held on Friday, March 28th at 10:30 a.m. in Columbus, Ohio at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.
Ohio Spring Sale Catalog (pdf format)


Genomic Testing

The ABA has a cooperation agreement with the Holstein Association for genomic testing. Breeders can request testing kits from the ABA office, in the same manner as DNA testing.
- Fees: Low Density (9K) - $46 + breeder’s fee to Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding
High Density (77K) - $122 + breeder’s fee to CDCB
Genomic Testing Complete Fee Schedule


ABA Office News

The National Ayrshire Convention will be held in East Peoria, IL from June 25-27. The sale will be held on Friday evening, June 27th. Anyone interested in consigning should contact Sale Chairmen Steve McDonald at 309-712-5969 or Doug Murray at 309-525-5520. The convention is being held in conjunction with the National Brown Swiss Association. Youth record book and scholarship contest entries are due March 1st. National Ayrshire Youth Jeopardy, Quiz Bowl, Photo, Display & Queen contest applications due June 1st.

The ABA is hosting the World Ayrshire Conference in 2016. Steve & Deb McDonald are the overall chairs for the conference. Mary Creek is currently the World Ayrshire Federation president. Anyone interested in volunteering for a committee for the conference should contact Steve McDonald at 309-712-5969 or Becky Payne at 614-335-0020.

Committee meetings were held in December in conjunction with the board meetings. A few noteworthy items include:
- Purebred Publishing will have some changes in advertising rates effective March 1, 2014, due to
increases in printing costs.
- The ABA will continue to place ads throughout the year in Cattle Connection.
- Effective March 1, 2014, the maximum final score for second lactation animals is 91 points.
- Effective March 1, 2014, evaluators must verify that a cow has met the requirements to be made 94 points, either by contacting the ABA office or through the online pedigree system, prior to giving her this designation.
- Effective March 1, 2014, herds wanting to enroll for classification past the sign-up deadline may be assessed a $100 late fee.
- Junior members who are participating in ABA programs that require letters of recommendation will be able to solicit those letters from all national members. In the past, it was required that the letters come from ABA Directors.

The matter of the unfresh fall yearling class will appear on the agenda under new business at the next annual meeting. Only paid, active members (those with ABA activity in last two years) and lifetime members may vote at the meeting in East Peoria, Illinois. The call to the meeting and director ballots will be mailed on May 15, 2014. Anyone who has not paid membership as of May 14, 2014, will be ineligible to vote.


REWARDS Program Applications Due

The final deadline for the REWARDS deadline is March 31, 2014. Check out the application for more details..
2014 REWARDS Program Application (pdf format)