Board and Committees

Meet the President

2024 Jersey Ontario President, Heather Peters, Tavistock, ON

Dennis and Heather Peters are principles, along with Brian and Wendy Anderson, in Athlone Farms/Braeview Jerseys. The farm comprised of a 300-head herd, including youngstock purebred Holsteins and a few purebred Jerseys in

2013, was devasted by fire. Rebuilt as a mixed herd, Holsteins and Jerseys and currently 68 head of Jerseys ( 2 multiple “E”s, 2 EX, 19 VG, 8GP and those yet to be classified.

The 140 cows are milked in a double-10 parlour and produce 35 kilograms per day at 4.2 fat. The freestalls are bedded with biosolids from the farm’s anaerobic digester. The family also farms 600 acres.

Additionally, the farm has sought to be “sustainable”. “ The Athlone farm southeast of Stratford is converting methane from cow manure and bio-waste to electrical and thermal energy. Athlone Farms Inc., the 600-acre dairy and crop farm retained PlanET Biogas Solutions Inc., to construct a biogas system that will provide enough electricity to power at least 500 homes. By utilizing methane produced from their farm manure and imported organic waste, the system reduces atmospheric methane, provide a better quality of crop nutrient and even supply clean bedding for the farm's dairy animals.

The Jerseys were introduced as a result of Heather’s time at the University of Guelph, and the influence of Bobby Jarrell (RJ Farms) and Kerry Alexander (Maker Farms Inc.). Heather joined as a Director, the board of Jersey Ontario in 2002*. Heather has Chaired various committees including the Show Committee, Promotion/Communications Committee and sat on the Youth Committee, Milk Marketing and Research Committee and is currently also on the Executive Committee and Board Governance 75th Anniversary Committee. Heather is an organizer of the Western Ontario Youth Rallies and a key support person for the organization.

Heather as part of her role at Trouw/Shur-Gain Nutrition was instrumental in the Benchmarking Project for Jerseys.

2024 New Director, Quinte-Trent Jersey Club - Terry Creighton

2024 2024 New Director, Bruce-Grey Jersey Club - Jessica Kember

2024 New Director, Kawartha Jersey Club – Ben Sargent

Ben currently farms with his family at Enniskillen Jerseys which works with 100% Jerseys and is heavily involved in the Sargent Family Dairy. His passion of furthering the Jersey breed was instilled into him by Tim and Sharyn Sargent who have served on Jersey breeds boards at both the national and levels.

Ben’s interest spans the governance and development of Jersey Ontario as well as an interest is research and how even a couple Jerseys or a group of Jerseys can affect the components and SNF of a primarily Holstein herds milk tank, along with learning about benefits and challenges of differing management systems.

Board Members

2024 Board of Directors

If you have questions regarding Jerseys in your area, or are a member with questions for Jersey Ontario, you can talk to your regional representative on the Board of Directors.

Heather Peters

Heather Peters

President

Dairy Producer: Braeview Jerseys
2860 Line 29.
Tavistock, ON N0B 2R0
Representative: Perth-Huron Jersey Club
Telephone: 519-274-2458
Thomas Judd

Thomas Judd

1st Vice-President

Dairy Producer: Meadow Lynn Farms
146 Decou Rd.,
Simcoe, ON N3Y 4K2
Represents: Brant-Norfolk/Golden Horseshoe Jersey Clubs
Telephone: 519-718-4461
Eric Baumann

Eric Baumann

2nd Vice-President

Dairy Producer: Wittekind Jersey Farm
135 Black Church Rd.
Athens, ON K0E 1B0
Represents: Leeds-Grenville Jersey Club
Telephone: 613-316-4968
Cathy Mason

Cathy Mason

Executive Member

Dairy Producer: Morningmist Jerseys
616041 Conc. 13, RR 6,
Woodstock ON N4S 7W1
Represents: Oxford Jersey Club
Telephone: 519-535-7406
John Free

John Free

Executive Member

Dairy Producer: River Run Jerseys
321212 Conc. Rd. 6-7
Grand Valley, ON L0W 0W8
Represents: Grand River Jersey Club
Telephone: 226-376-2076
Jen Fraser

Jen Fraser

Director

Dairy Producer: Gleneil Farms
1320 Hwy. 34
Dalkeith, ON K0B 1E0
Represents: St. Lawrence Valley Jersey Club
Telephone: 613-868-8950
Ben Sargent

Ben Sargent

Director

Dairy Producer: Enniskillen Jerseys
8800 Old Scugog Rd
Enniskillen, ON L0B 1J0
Represents: Kawartha Jersey Club
Telephone: 289-939-0066
Terry Creighton

Terry Creighton

Director

Dairy Producer: Maplevale Jerseys
2024 McIntyre Rd.,
Bath, ON K0H 1G0
Represents: Quinte Trent Jersey Club
Telephone: 613-352-7244
Jessica Kember

Jessica Kember

Director

Dairy Producer: Kemberlane Farms
117171 Grey Road 3,
Tara, ON N0H 2N0
Represents: Bruce-Grey Jersey Club
Telephone: 519-490-8654
Southwestern Jersey Club – Vacant

Southwestern Jersey Club – Vacant

Director

Committees

2024 Jersey Ontario Committees
All committees have the power to add members.

Governance Committee

Chair: Thomas Judd - 519.718.4461
Eric Baumann - 613.316.4968
Heather Peters - 519.274.2458

Livestock Sale Committee

Co-Chair: Glen Burgess - 519.367.5261
Co-Chair: Cathy Mason - 519.535.7406
Al Cunnington - 416.209.9852
John Free - 226.376.2076
Daniel Sargent - 289.688.8864
Ben Sargent - 289.939.0066

Milk Marketing & Research Committee

Chair: Eric Baumann - 613.316.4968
Terry Creighton - 613.35.-7244
Jess Kember - 519.490.8654
John Free - 226.376.2076
Kevin Jones - 705.791.3513
Ben Sargent - 289.939.0066
Mark Stannard - 519.896.2634
George Van Kampen - 519.940.2202

Promotion Committee

Chair: Eric Baumann - 613.316.4968
Jen Fraser - 613.868.8590
Jess Kember - 519-490-8654

Show Committee

Chair: John Free - 226.376.2076
Terry Creighton - 613.352.7244
OSDS: Jennifer Peart - 519.786.8521
EO & WQ: Jen Fraser - 613.868.8590
Summer Show: Diane Jarrell-Ray - 613.885.0665
Belleville Jen Vander Meulen - 613.922.3534
Southwestern Virginia Warwick - 519.872.4503

Youth Committee

Chair: Thomas Judd - 519.718.4461
Cathy Mason - 519.535.7406
Ben Sargent - 289.939.0066