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Interested in becoming a member of the Illinois Holstein Association, download our membership application here! You can digitally fill the form out, print, then mail along with your dues to treasurer Carol Jones.
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Long-time Illinois dairyman Lowell Keim laid to rest
Lowell I. Keim was a loving, caring and hardworking man who appreciated the little things. Lowell died at the age of 86, on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Rockford Memorial Hospital, Rockford, Illinois. A private funeral service will be held at a later date and burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll. Memorials may be directed to the Illinois 4-H Foundation, the Brown Swiss Historical Society or the Mt. Carroll Methodist Church in Lowell’s memory.
Lowell was born on January 22, 1928, the son of Edwin and Garnet (McGinty) Keim in rural Salem Township. He attended Mt. Carroll High School and graduated with the Class of 1946. He proudly served his country for two years in the United States Navy aboard the U.S.S. Navasota. Lowell married Joyce Wise on September 4, 1949, at the Mt. Carroll United Methodist Church. Joyce died on October 10, 2009 at her home in Mt. Carroll.
Lowell was a 4th generation Salem Township farmer. Together, Lowell and Joyce bred purebred Brown Swiss Cattle for forty years on the family farm, which was purchased in 1961. Lowell was a sports enthusiast and was a member of a successful bowling team and the Mt. Carroll Merchant’s Softball Team. After his retirement, Lowell played golf several days a week with his friends. Lowell was a mentor to younger people interested in agriculture and was active in the 4 C’s.
Lowell had a significant influence in helping his two sons develop their businesses. Most of all, Lowell loved spending time with his family and friends, sharing stories and anecdotes from his past. Lowell also had a wonderful sense of humor and played several practical jokes over the years.
Lowell was a longtime member of the Mt. Carroll Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, Commandery and Consistory and was a past Master of the Cyrus Lodge #188 in Mt. Carroll. Lowell was active in the Canton, State and American Brown Swiss Cattle Breeder Association and was past president of the Illinois Brown Swiss Association. Lowell was also involved in his community, serving on the Chadwick School Board, as a Fire Department Trustee and as a member of the Lions Club.
Lowell is survived by his two sons, Chris (Ann) Keim of Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin, and Curt (Jo Ellen) Keim of New Berlin, Illinois; four grandchildren, Sarah (Mark Klebanoff) Keim of Worthington, Ohio, Rebecca (Nathan Pruitt) Keim of Slingerlands, New York, Aaron (Nicole) Keim of Hood River, Oregon and Katie (Aaron Williams) Keim of Waverly, Illinois; three great grandchildren, Claire Garnet Pruitt, Elizabeth Anna Pruitt and Greta Louise Klebanoff and one special friend, Jean Guentner.
Lowell was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Joyce and two brothers, Herb and Donald Keim. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Lowell Keim.
Emily Irwin Receives Allen Tucker Memorial Scholarship
Emily Irwin of Belvidere, IL is the 2014 recipient of the Allen Tucker Memorial Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship was established in memory of the late Allen E. Tucker of Brighton, IL who was a highly respected and successful breeder of Registered Holstein dairy cattle. More importantly, his legacy was built on his dedication to the development of young people. Mr. Tucker was known for his wit, intelligence, and integrity. He was also known for his willingness to share the knowledge he gained over a lifetime to help guide young people involved with registered Holsteins and the dairy industry. The Allen Tucker Memorial Scholarship is presented annually to an Illinois Jr. Holstein member who exemplifies the character and leadership displayed by Mr. Tucker and who is planning to pursue a career in the dairy industry.
Emily is currently a senior at Belvidere High School where she is a member of the National Honors Society, very active member of FFA and is serving as FFA vice-president. She will be attending Kaskaskia College at Centralia, IL this fall to pursue her two-year degree before transferring to a four year university to gain a B.S. Degree in Animal Science/Dairy Science. Emily plans to move into a career involved with the production and promotion side of the dairy industry. While growing up on her family dairy farm, Emily has been very involved with registered Holsteins and provided leadership to many youth organizations. She was a member of the 2013 IL 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl team competing at the national contest where she was 2nd high individual and her team placed third out of nineteen state teams. In addition, Emily attended 2013 National 4-H Congress, 2012 National 4-H Dairy Conference, and received the 2011 IL 4-H/FFA Superior Young Dairy Producer Award scholarship.
Emily has also been extremely involved in FFA and the IL Junior Holstein Association. As Junior Holstein member, she currently serves as state secretary, past winner on national Holstein Quiz Bowl teams, Dairy Jeopardy, and was the 2012 National Young Distinguished Junior Member. She is often seen exhibiting her high quality R-Vision registered Holstein cattle at the local, state, and national shows. Whether working in the barns or showing in the ring, Emily is dedicated to being the best that she can be. She credits her family and on-farm experiences that have helped her to gain the experience and knowledge that will lead her into a very rewarding dairy career. Emily is the daughter of Melissa and Mark Irwin.
40th Clinton County Classic Sale
The 40th Clinton County Classic Sale will be held March 29, 2014, at the Clinton County Fairgrounds in Carlyle, Ill. Click HERE for more information about the sale and some of the featured consignments!
2015 National Holstein Convention Virtual Farm Tours & Breeder Websites
The 2015 National Holstein Convention will bring nearly a 1000 Holstein enthusiasts from across the country to our state! Now is your chance to reach out to those visitors and market your farm and herd.
In conjunction with National Convention, the Convention Committee will help publicize your farm's "Pre-Convention Tour Options." Unlike previous National Conventions, there will not be organized Pre-Convention Tours. Instead, farms will have the opportunity to have a 2:30 minute video created featuring their farm and herd. The videos will be posted beginning in early Spring of 2015.
Additionally, you have the chance to create a Breeder Website that will be featured on the Illinois Holstein website and National Holstein Convention website. Click HERE for examples from the 2012 National Holstein Convention.
Lastly, all farms participating in the Virtual Tours and Breeder Websites have the option of being listed on the Illinois Breeders' Tour Map, that will list farms that will be open for tours before, during and after convnention. As a state, we will do our best to help you open your doors to the numerous people who will be passing through your part of the state! Click HERE for an example of the 2012 Breeder Tour Map.
A new section to the website has also been added. Check out the Forms section for important forms and information from the Illinois Holstein Association!