We are very excited to host the 2015 National Holstein Convention to be held June 23-26, at Pheasant Run in St. Charles, Ill.

Contact Dale Drendel or Ron Schaufelberger to volunteer or donate to the National Convention Fund!

Convention features include:
· Virtual Farm tours - more info HERE
· Family Night at Medieval Times
· Host day farm and industry tours
· Junior activities
· Architectural Tour on Chicago River
· Golf Tournament on-site



Welcome to the Illinois Holstein Association Website!

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.

IL 4-Her's place 5th at National 4-H Judging Contest

The 2014 National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest was another exciting event for Illinois 4-H’ers.  The Illinois 4-H dairy judging team placed 5th high team overall in a very strong contest among 22 state teams held at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin on September 29.  Illinois team members included:  Emily Irwin, Belvidere; Macy Probst, Wheeler; Patrick Tegeler, Effingham; and Macy Wendling, of Altamont, IL.

Illinois 4-H’ers won the Guernsey breed with Emily Irwin placing 3rd high individual, Patrick Tegeler was 4th high and Macy Wendling was 14th overall in Guernsey.  Furthermore, on a “top 10” team basis by breed, Illinois 4-H was recognized for placing 6th in Brown Swiss, 7th in Holstein, and 8th high team in Jersey.

On an individual basis, Emily Irwin placed 4th high individual overall out of 88 contestants and Macy Wendling was 15th high individual. They both received an “All-American” plaque, which is presented to the “Top 25” judges.  Irwin also won 2nd in placings only and Wendling was 10th.  In addition, Irwin placed 6th individual in the Brown Swiss contest, 12th in Ayrshire, and 25th in Holstein and Wendling placed 17th in Holstein and 25th in Ayrshire breed.

The Illinois 4-H team was sponsored by the Illinois 4-H Foundation, River Valley Dairy of Tremont, and Illinois Milk Producers’ Association.  In addition, the team jackets were sponsored by Effingham Equity, Effingham, Illinois.  The team was coached by Dave Fischer, University of Illinois Extension 4-H Dairy Program Coordinator.  

The Illinois 4-H dairy cattle judging team placed 5th at the 2014 National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest held in Madison, WI during the World Dairy Expo.  Pictured (left to right): Emily Irwin, Belvidere; Macy Wendling, Altamont; Macy Probst, Wheeler; Patrick Tegeler, Effingham; and Dave Fischer, coach. 

Senior Holstein Convention Registration online!

The Senior Holstein Convention will be held December 4-5 at Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles, IL. The event is co-hosted by the McHenry-Lake and Tri-County Clubs. Make sure to mark your calendars and be the first to check out the location of the 2015 National Holstein Convention as well. Click here to download the registration form. Please fill out and return to Pat Smith by November 15.

Illini Golden Opportunity Sale catalog now available!

The Illini Golden Opporutnity Sale will be held Saturday, October 25 in Altamont, IL. Click here to download the catalog or view below in your browser.


Great crowd gathers for State Picnic at Butlerview

The picnic was hosted here at Butlerview on September 6, 2014. It was a beautiful day and approximately 200 people attended the picnic. Guests were invited to an open house in the morning to view the facilities and cows. Following this Jeff and Joyce Butler introduced the Butlerview team and thanked everyone that traveled from near and from afar for this event. Jeff Butler introduced and thanked the Butlerview team for preparing  the facilities and cattle. Everything looked in top form.  Jeff also thanked all of our guests for attending this great day of fellowship and catching up with friends. It was really nice to have so many older and newer generation from our great industry attend. 

Joe and Amber Price, farm managers, thanked their Butlerview team along with the generous sponsors that made this day such a great success. Sponsors included: Meiss Feed & Supply, KAEB Sales, Inc., Select Sires, Revitlize Microbials, LLC, Prairie Farms, Jetstream Genetics, and Semex.

Bernie Heisner, a long time family friend of the Butlerview family, thanked the Butlers for hosting this event and said grace for the meal prepared. Homestead Restaurant catered an excellent steak dinner with all the fixing that everyone enjoyed. Awesome door prizes that were provided by the sponsors were drawn throughout the meal. Several of the sponsors of the day were in attendance. KAEB, Revitlize Microbials, Meiss Feed & Supply to promote their business or product.



2014 Illlinois Championship Show

Ms Dundee Belinda, winning Aged cow, was selected as Grand Champion of the 2014 Illinois Championship Show for owner Jeff Butler, Chebanse, Ill. Reserve Grand Champion honors went to Justin Powell, Tremont, Ill., with Ludwigs-DG Goldwyn Emmy-ET. Click here for full results!

2014 Illlinois Championship Junior Show

Judge Bruce Gingerich selected O-C-E-C Toystory Fenway-ET, winning Senior 3-year-old, as the Intermediate and Grand Champion of the 2014 Illinois Championship Junior Show. She was exhibited by Lila Sloan, Davis, Ill. Ms Angel Dellucci, Senior Champion and winning 4-year-old, was selected as the Reserve Grand Champion for Connor Butler, Lanark, Ill. For full results, click here.

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.

Pricing will be available in Spring 2014. For more information or if you have questions, please contact Dale Drendel, Ron Schaufelberger or Julie Ashton.


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!