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Doing Well for Their New Owners

We are always happy to see our Jersey girls head to new homes and do well in the show ring for their new owners!

And thus, we are pleased to congratulate Olivia and Sawyer Brandenburg, Fort Atkinson, WI, who earned Intermediate and Grand Champion titles with Ratliff Premier Deva-ET, Very Good-88%, at the Wisconsin State Fair Jersey Show in August.

Congratulations are also in order for Sophie Leach,  Linwood, KS, who showed the Reserve Senior and Reserve Grand Champion at the Southern National Spring Junior Jersey Show in April, Ratliff Minister Midgee, Excellent-94%.

Summer Show Season Under Wraps

It’s been another exciting summer on the tanbark trail for Ratliff Jerseys. Now, we’re in full swing preparing for the All American Jersey show – the Granddaddy of all Jersey show!

Below are some of the summer highlights.

Southern National Spring Spectacular Jersey Show

Ratliff Dually Atlee-ET – Intermediate Champion
Ratliff Colton Vivi-ET – Reserve Intermediate Champion
Woodmohr-Townside Sheriff Vision – Junior Champion
Ratliff Jerseys – Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor

Illinois State Fair Open Jersey Show

River Valley Excitation Radiant-ET – Intermediate Champion
Schulte Bros Colton Fury-ET – Junior Champion
Ratliff Colton Pearl – 1st Junior 3-yr.-old
Arethusa Tequila Vision – 1st Aged cow
Ratliff Jerseys – 1st Best three females

Look for these gals in Madison and Louisville and stop by the barns to say “hello.”

2019 Appraisal Highlights

We are pleased with the results from our most recent herd appraisal in March:

Ratliff Action Angel has been raised to Excellent-95%. It’s exciting to watch her take after her dam, Ratliff Price Alicia, also Excellent-95%.

Premier Joy Of JCB is now Excellent-94%, we hope her daughter, Ratliff Showdown Jasmine, does well in her new home with Erin and Sophie Leach in Linwood, Kan.

Ratliff Impression Annabella-ET, another “Alicia” daughter is now Excellent-93%.

Purchase Your Next Standout at Post Time II

We are very proud to have consigned several animals at different sales that have gone on to earn notable laurels for their new owners.

At our sales, we have also accepted consignments from other fine Jersey breeders who have also performed exceptionally well in their new herds. Be sure to join us on May 4 in Garnett, KS and be among the winner’s circle!

Some of our past consignments include…

K&M Tequila Galalee-ET, E-93%

A Ratliff consignment sold at the 2016 Ratliff March Madness Sale to Kilgus Dairy and Carla Kilgus, IL

Reserve Junior All American 4-Year-Old, 2018

Junior All American Senior 3-Year-Old, 2017

All American Senior 2-Year-Old, 2016

Junior Reserve All American Senior 2-Year-Old, 2016

Ratliff Showdown Volcano-ET

A homebred Ratliff consignment sold at the 2017 Arethusa Avonlea Summer Splash II to L&L Pires, M&B Dores and J Garcia, CA.

2nd Intermediate Calf, 2018 International Jersey Show

4th Intermediate Calf, 2018 All American Jersey Show

Other notable animals that have come through our sales…

Meadowridge Fizz Sparkle-ET

A Michael Riebe consignment sold at the 2017 Post Time at Ratliff’s Sale to Cole Kruse and Gene Henderson, IA.

1st Winter Yearling, 2018 International Jersey Show

1st Winter Yearling and Junior Champion, 2018 International Junior Jersey Show

Wildweed Primero Lighting

A Frank Behling consignment sold at the 2017 Post Time at Ratliff’s Sale to Katie Ledvica and Michael Moede, WI.

1st Fall Yearling, 2018 International Jersey Show

1st Fall Yearling and Reserve Junior Champion, 2018 International Junior Jersey Show

Congratulations to Our Buyers

As another year begins, we want to take a moment and reflect on the success animals purchased from us have had in their new herds during the 2018 show season.

 Some highlights include:

  • K&M Tequila Galalee-ET, E-93%, earned Reserve Junior All American 4-year-old laurels for Kilgus Dairy, IL;
  • Meadowridge Fizz Sparkle-ET was 1st Winter Yearling and Junior Champion at the International Jersey Show and 1st Winter Yearling and Junior Champion at the International Junior Jersey Show for Cole Kruse and Gene Henderson, IA;
  • Wildweed Primero Lightning placed 1st Fall Yearling in the International Jersey Show and 1st Fall Yearling and Reserve Junior Champion in the International Junior Jersey Show for Katie Ledvica and Michael Moede. She is now owned by Buster Goff, NM;
  • Ratliff Showdown Volcano-ET was 2nd Intermediate Calf at the International Jersey Show and 4th Intermediate Calf at the All American Show for the CKK Syndicate, WI.

We look forward to what the 2019 show season will bring and wish the best of luck to our past and future purchasers!

Be sure to join us on May 4, 2019, for the Post Time at Ratliff’s II Sale and purchase your next winner.

Ron and Christy Ratliff Named AJCA Master Breeder

We are thrilled to have earned the highest laurel a Registered Jersey breeder can receive — the AJCA Master Breeder Award.  We will be honored at a banquet held during the AJCA-NAJ Annual Meetings in Canton, Ohio, in June.  Thank you to all who extended their congratulations.  We are truly humbled to be included in this prestigious group, never dreaming we’d be receiving this award 30 years ago, when we got our first Registered Jersey.

Appraisal Highlights

We are pleased with the results from our recent herd appraisal in January. Ratliff Action Angel, Ratliff Action Addie-ET, Ratliff Tequila Shotglass-ET and Family Hill Minister Nora were raised to Excellent-94%. The herd now includes 29 Excellent and 28 Very Good cows (none lower) and has an average of 89.6%.

 


Ratliff Action Angel, now E-94%


Ratliff Action Addie-ET, now E-94%


Ratliff Tequila Shotglass-ET, now E-94%

Astro, Money and Pistol Semen Now Available

Semen is now available for Astro, Money and Pistol. Call 785/448-8201 or email ronrat@embarqmail.com for details.

Ratliff Apple Jack Astro-ET
Applejack x Ratliff Price Alicia (above)

Ratliff Premier Money-ET
Premier x Ratliff Sambo Martina (above)

Ratliff Irwin Pistol-ET
Irwin x Ratliff Minister Porscha (above)