Championship Show

Illinois Championship Holstein Show – July 7-9, 2021Interstate Center – Bloomington, IL July 7 – Exhibitor Meeting 1pm – Cattle must be checked in by 2pm2021 Illinois Holstein Dutchess & Little Miss Holstein Contests 6:30pmJuly 8 – Crowning of the 2021 Illinois Holstein Dutchess & Little Miss Holstein, Illinois Championship Junior Holstein Show & Showmanship […]


2020 Illinois Holstein Dutchess Allyson Aves, Belvidere (pictured) Daughter of Todd & Brenda Aves 2020 Little Miss Holstein Abigail Busker, Ridott (pictured) Daughter of Tim & Jennifer Busker 2020 Illinois Holstein Dutchess & Little Miss Holstein Contests July 7, 2021 – 6:30pm – Bloomington, IL Dutchess Eligibility: Contestants must be at least 15 years old […]


2020/2021 Officer Team President: Briley Lenkaitis Vice-President: Jacob Raber Secretary: Allyson Aves Treasurer: Addie Raber Reporter: Magen Busker Adult Advisors: Al Lenkaitis 630-561-9514 Amy Raber 815-867-0694 Angela Kiefer-Paul 618-781-7751 Like the IJHA Facebook page! Pictured L-R: Jacob Raber, Magen Busker, Allyson Aves, Addie Raber, Briley Lenkaitis

Officers & Directors

2020/2021 Illinois Holstein Association Executive Members and Staff L-R (back row): Dale Drendel, Kevin Wendling, Ed Smith, Jerry Smith, Herb Schmiedeskamp L-R (front row): Carol Jones, Steve Irwin, Sarah Lenkaitis Not pictured: John Erbsen, Aaron Heinzmann, Stephanie Hammerly Steve Irwin, President Phone: 217-871-7738 Email: Herb Schmiedeskamp, Vice-President Phone: 217-242-3920 Email: Ed Smith, Past President […]

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FEBRUARY 3  Illinois Dairy Summit: Protecting Your Milk Check During COVID & Beyond – Speaker: John Newton, AFBF Register HERE for the virtual event 10  Spring Herald & Midwest Holsteins Advertising Deadline 15  Illinois Junior Holstein Spring Thing Registration Deadline MARCH 5-6  Illinois Junior Spring Thing, Gridley Click HERE to register or volunteer 27  Clinton County […]

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Upcoming Deadline: Spring Herald & Midwest Holsteins – February 10 (camera-ready ads due February 15) 2020 ISSUES: Winter 2020 Illinois Holstein Herald Fall 2020 Illinois Holstein Herald Spring 2020 Illinois Holstein Herald Spring 2020 Midwest Holsteins Summer 2020 Illinois Holstein Herald 2019 ISSUES: Winter 2019 Illinois Holstein Herald Fall 2019 Illinois Holstein Herald Summer 2019 […]

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2020/2021 Officer Team President: Briley Lenkaitis Vice-President: Jacob Raber Secretary: Allyson Aves Treasurer: Addie Raber Reporter: Magen Busker Adult Advisors: Al Lenkaitis 630-561-9514 Amy Raber 815-867-0694 Angela Kiefer-Paul 618-781-7751 Like the IJHA Facebook page! Pictured L-R: Jacob Raber, Magen Busker, Allyson Aves, Addie Raber, Briley Lenkaitis

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Save the Dates for Spring Thing!
Illinois Junior Spring Thing will be held March 5 & 6 at Water Tower in Gridley. The Illinois Holstein Junior Association is excited to announce the annual ‘Spring Thing’ event! We are excited to be able to host this fun event for ALL of our Illinois Dairy Youth from all breeds of cattle! From gathering with friends and family to competing in the exciting annual Jeopardy and Quiz Bowl events, you are invited to attend the 2021 event! You also have the opportunity to participate in the speech, display contest, scrapbook pages and photography contest.
see page View schedule, registration form, how to volunteer and more details HERE

2021 State Membership Renewals
All current members were mailed a membership renewal form in December. Make sure to complete and return by  järfälla dating site April 1.
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2020 Holstein USA Delegate Election Underway
Brattleboro, Vt. (July 31, 2020)…Holstein Association USA’s 2021 delegate election process is currently underway. Each year, members have the opportunity to nominate members from their state to serve as voting delegates at the following year’s Holstein Association USA Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with the National Holstein Convention.
The 2021 Annual Meeting will be held in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, June 23 – 24.

Important Deadlines
Here are the important deadlines to take into account:
August 1 – Nominating petitions mailed to members
September 25 – Nominating petitions must be received by Holstein Association USA
October 9 – Deadline for nominees to withdraw names from the ballot
November 1 – Ballots mailed to members
December 31 – Ballots must be received by Holstein Association USA
February 1, 2021 – 2021 delegate election finalized
Typically, members become ineligible to serve as a delegate after serving as a delegate at three consecutive Annual Meetings. With the cancellation of the 2020 Annual Meeting, that requirement will be waived and all members will be eligible to be nominated and serve as a delegate.

With questions about the Holstein Association USA delegate process, contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or

Lyrica to buy Holstein Association USA Virtual Meeting Slated for June 25
Brattleboro, Vt. (June 5, 2020)…Holstein Association USA, Inc. will host a Virtual Member Update Meeting Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  It will feature the President’s Address, CEO’s State of the Association Address, and the 2019 Financial Report.  Details on how to register for the webinar will be posted on
The virtual format comes as the traditional face-to-face Annual Meeting has been postponed until 2021, when the National Convention will be held in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  This decision was made by the board of directors because of the unprecedented conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
CEO John Meyer states, “The current environment provides a unique opportunity to update the dairy community on the good things that are happening at the Holstein Association USA.  We invite you to join us June 25th.”  
Further updates on the Holstein Association Virtual Member Update Meeting on June 25th at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time will be posted at

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., April 9, 2020 — “These are certainly unprecedented times. Canceling the June 2020 National Holstein Convention, set to take place in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was not a matter we took lightly,” said Holstein Association USA President Corey Geiger.
“We are grateful to the Pennsylvania Holstein Association’s leaders who were able to work out details to host the 2021 convention at the same site next year. As last year’s national convention co-chair, I truly appreciate the time, talent, and treasure that our friends from the Keystone State have placed into hosting their fellow Holstein breeders,” he continued. “I personally look forward to being in Pennsylvania next year.”
“At this time in which the majority of Americans are conducting only necessary functions to limit the spread of the COVID-19 and protect public health, we also must plan for the time when we focus on restoring our damaged economic health,” continued the 65th president of the association. “For that reason, I am appointing a special committee to immediately study conducting the 135th Annual Meeting of the Holstein Association USA at a later date this year. This committee will focus on critical elements for both juniors and adults. The meeting will be planned and guided by the staff and directors of Holstein Association USA,” continued the Mukwonago, Wis., president.
“History can be our guide on these matters. Ironically, W.S. Moscrip called the 59th Annual Convention of the Holstein-Friesian Association of America to order on June 6, 1944. That was the same day Allied Troops stormed the beaches of Normandy and began liberating Europe,” recalled Geiger of the Association’s history. “Dairy farmers have always been essential to our nation’s health. If 98-plus-percent of delegates could gather in 1944, we can plan for a day this year that we can safely meet and conduct a no-frills, in-person annual meeting.   If it is determined an in-person meeting would not be feasible under specific state and national guidelines regarding the coronavirus situation, a virtual electronic-based annual meeting will be considered,” he continued.
“More details will be shared at a later day as we comply with all the standards of the Association’s bylaws.”

2020 Membership Renewals – REMINDER! Don’t forget to renew your membership. Forms can be found HERE.

Holstein Association USA, Inc. 2019 State of the Association