Congratulations to Andrew Vander Muelen, the 2019 recipient of the Curtis Clark Achievement Award.
(Full Write-up) Clark Press Release 2019 Winner – Andrew Vander Meulen
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Vander Meulen Wins Curtis Clark Achievement Award
Highly regarded Jersey dairy cattle breeder, Andrew Vander Meulen, 49, of Avonlea Genetics Inc., Brighton, Ontario, won this year’s Curtis Clark Achievement Award at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, Ont., on November 8th.
Andrew Vander Meulen and his wife Jennifer, along with their children, Taylor and Will, and Jen’s parents, Jim and Liz Livock, manage Avonlea Genetics, a fourth generation family farm which has earned two Master Breeder awards. The Avonlea herd revolves around balanced, productive animals from deep-pedigreed cow families and currently consists of 20 Excellent, 33 Very Good and four Good Plus cows. The herd has earned over 300 All-Canadian nominations, resulting in 55 All-Canadian and 42 Reserve All-Canadian awards, and has exhibited grand champion cows at both the Royal Winter Fair and World Dairy Expo. The farm also boards and shows cattle for breeders and partners from five different countries. Avonlea has exported embryos to over 30 foreign countries and sells many animals privately and through consignment sales each year. Andrew and Jen also have a successful sales management business and have managed some of the highest averaging Jersey sales in North America, including their own Summer Splash series. An accomplished judge, Andrew has judged National Jersey Shows in five different countries. He has also served on numerous breed and industry committees and is a past president of Jersey Canada.
Vander Meulen is the 33rd recipient of the Clark award which recognizes a Canadian dairy cattle exhibitor who is respected by his peers for his ability, sportsmanship and dedication. The Alberta Holstein Branch established this award in 1988 to honour the late Curtis Clark of Acme Holsteins, a noted Alberta Holstein breeder, cowman and showman.
For additional information, contact Bonnie Cooper
secretary, Curtis Clark Achievement Award Committee,
904 – 12 Rockford Road, North York, ON M2R 3A2;
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