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Friday, October 8, 2021

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Jacobs Joyfully Accepts A.C. “Whitie” Thomson Memorial Award 

MADISON, WIS. – The A.C. “Whitie” Thomson Memorial Award was presented to Ysabel Jacobs of Ferme Jacobs, Cap-Santé, Québec, Canada, during World Dairy Expo 2021. Jacobs received this recognition for mirroring the exemplary leadership and sportsmanship that Whitie Thomson was known for in the showring.

Jacobs has a degree in marketing and farms with her family including parents, siblings, and children. Ferme Jacobs consists of 2,000 acres and over 1,200 head of cattle. The farm and the family behind it have successfully marketed cattle and embryos around the world and recently hosted a sale that averaged nearly $13,000 with three females selling for over $200,000 each. With her degree, Jacobs manages the marketing efforts of cattle and embryos on the farming operation.

The Jacobs family began exhibiting dairy cattle at the local level in 1980. In 2008, they brought their first full string to World Dairy Expo and achieve impressive results with a class winner and three others that stood in the top four. Ferme Jacobs has exhibited at World Dairy Expo for 13 shows and has build a reputation in the Showring that is recognized by many. Jacobs and her family have been awarded two Premier Exhibitor banners and nine Premier Breeder banners, including the Premier Breeder banner for the 2021 International Holstein Show. They have exhibited numerous champions including three Grand Champions who each went on to claim titles under the spotlight at Expo – Bonaccueil Maya Goldwyn, the 2013 Supreme Champion; Jacobs Lauthority Loana, 2018 Reserve Supreme Champion; and Erbacres Snapple Shakira-ET, Expo’s current Supreme Champion.

Jacobs possesses an incredible passion for the dairy industry and has garnered the respect of fellow breeders and exhibitors around the globe. She is known for being a leader, a visionary and is humble in victory and gracious in defeat.

Serving as the meeting place of the global dairy industry, World Dairy Expo brings together the latest in dairy innovation and the best cattle in North America. The dairy industry returned to Madison, Wis. for the 54th event, September 28 – October 2, 2021, when the world’s largest dairy-focused trade show, dairy and forage seminars, world-class dairy cattle show and more was on display. Download the World Dairy Expo mobile event app, visit or follow WDE on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Spotify, Instagram or YouTube for more information.