Russell Gammon receives Distinguished Achievement Award
from the World Jersey Cattle Bureau
The Board of Directors of Jersey Canada is proud to announce that Russell Gammon, Executive Secretary of Jersey Canada, has been honoured with a prestigious Distinguished Achievement Award from the World Jersey Cattle Bureau (WJCB) at the time of the 19th WJCB Conference in New Zealand earlier this month. Russell's name is added to a noteworthy list of previous winners that includes luminaries such as Anne Perchard from Jersey Island, Calvin Covington and Jim Cavanaugh from the USA and Francis Redelmeier of Canada.
Russell has been an employee of Jersey Canada since June of 1981. He was named Secretary of the association in November of 1985 and Executive Secretary in March of 1991.
Gammon has traveled to many countries on Jersey business, including a special fondness for the Island of Jersey, home of the breed, based on six visits to Jersey since 1986. He served the WJCB as Editor of the Bureau's newsletter in the late 1980's and early 1990's as well as Regional Vice-President for North America from 2002 until 2008.
Russell notes that he has been thrilled by the renaissance of the Jersey breed in Canada over the past two decades. During his time in the Jersey breed, Gammon has observed some highly significant changes:
"Today's Jersey is so much more productive than the Jersey of 1985 or 1990. Jerseys are in so many more barns today than they were two decades ago. It has been neat and a true privilege to be part of a profound surge in interest in the breed. Seeing the percentage of milk recorded herds in Canada containing Jerseys essentially double from 2000 to 2010 is terrifically thrilling! We almost daily receive reports of Jersey progress and expansion in other countries. Things are going well today. The future looks even brighter for the Jersey cow as the value of her high components milk is being appreciated in large scale processing and in on-farm processing operations. The past has been awesome but the future looks so much better. We have Jersey leadership who are ready to grasp the future and improve and promote the breed!"
Russell has also served on the Board of the Canadian Livestock Genetics Association (CLGA) since 2007, including a one year term as President in 2009-2010. He has a great passion for writing and loves seeing great cows of any breed, as well as meeting the many wonderful folks that are the heart and soul of the dairy industry.
In addition, Russell has served as a dairy goat classifier in Canada for twenty years. He is also one of the founding directors of Partners With Purpose, a Canadian charity involved in the provision of adult literacy training and micro-credit programs in the Caribbean country of Haiti.
Russell adds that he is humbled, overwhelmed and thankful for this award from the World Jersey Cattle Bureau, and notes that all glory must go to God for numerous blessings.