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Benefits for Breeders, Students, and MoreWondering what Ayrshire Ambassadors Cooperative can do for you? We’re just getting started, but the more participation we have, the more our members benefit. Check out our membership benefits for breeders at all stages of their career—established, brand new, and retired. Membership is also available with various benefits for ag-related organizations. We’ve also added a student membership option for just $25! Click below for more about how you can be part of this exciting cooperative!

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Seeking to Advance the Breed and Excel in Commercial Dairy Market & Niche Markets

The Founding of Ayrshire Ambassadors Cooperative The Ayrshire Ambassadors Cooperative was founded in 2016 by a group of dairymen who want to be outspoken advocates of the Ayrshire breed.

These individuals believe in the Ayrshire’s potential to regain relevance along with national recognition for its economic advantages; and, they share an excitement about opportunities to excel in both the commercial dairy market, and in niche markets that place a high value on grazing systems, sustainability and direct-to-consumer marketing of whole milk and/or cheese, including organic Ayrshire milk products and animal rights’ desire for naturally polled animals.

Listed among endangered livestock watch list by the Livestock Conservancy, registrations for this historic breed have been reduced by half since 1970. The founders are eager and determined to turn this trend around and leave a growing legacy for Ayrshires. We are recruiting like-minded individuals, families, farmers, and others to join our cause.

U.S. Ayrshire Breeders Foundation Awards Annual GrantEach year, the U.S. Ayrshire Breeders Foundation awards a grant to one or more deserving applicants who are working to ensure the future of the Ayrshire breed.

This year’s grant of $3,000 was awarded to the Reymann Memorial Herd at the University of West Virginia in Morgantown.

The grant will fund two different projects.

The first project, managed by Berkeley Clark, will compare the Ayrshire and Holstein breeds. She will look at DHIA data, milk components, calving interval, lifetime days in milk, Somatic Cell Count, age of first calving, and age at last lactation in order to create a comparative lifetime value of Ayrshires vs. Holsteins.