The American Guernsey Association has accepted the resignation of Executive Secretary Brian Schnebly effective September 26. He has accepted a position as a Agricultural Technician Supervisor with the University of Maryland Dairy & Research Farm at the Clarksville, Maryland facility.
Brian was named the Executive Secretary in March 2014 when the AGA appointed the new management team style leadership. He has served the AGA in various capacities for approximately 16 years. He has been responsible for and served as an appraiser for both the AGA and joint appraisal program with the Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders’ Association, the Ayrshire Breeders Association and the American Milking Shorthorn Society. He has served as manager of the Guernsey Marketing Service over the past four years, increasing embryo and live cattle sales both domestically and internationally during that time. He has handled the responsibilities of the records department, youth programs and other association programs as well as promotion of, and advancement of, the breed.
Brian grew up on Crown Stone Farm in Clear Spring, Maryland, as part of the eighth generation of dairy farmers. The farm is currently owned and operated by his uncle and two cousins. They currently milk 125 head of dairy cattle comprised of Holsteins, Guernseys, Jerseys and Brown Swiss. After graduation from the University of Maryland in 1999, he worked for the AGA as a programs coordinator until 2003. From 2003 until June 2005, he was herdsman for Shenandoah Jerseys in Boonsboro, Maryland. He returned to the AGA in July of 2005 as the program coordinator and has served the association in a variety of capacities since that time. He and his wife, Heidi, have two daughters, Grace and Claire and reside in Hagerstown, Maryland.
A reception in his honor will be held following the national show on Wednesday, September 21 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The AGA board of directors and membership wish him well in his future endeavors.