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Illinois Championship Holstein Show

July 15-17, 2015 - Logan County Fairgrounds, Lincoln, IL

Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, July 15 at 5:30pm - Illinois Holstein Dutchess & Little Miss Holstein Contests

Thursday, July 16 at 8:30am - Illinois Holstein Dutchess Crowning, Showmanship Contest & Illinois Championship Junior Show - Judge: Chris McCullough, Juda, WI

Friday, July 17 at 8:30am - Illinois Championship Show - Judge: Pat Conroy, Angola, IN

Click here for the entry form, rules & regulations.

Register for the 2015 National Holstein Convention

The 2015 National Holstein Convention will be held June 23-26 at Pheasant Run in St. Charles, IL. Click here to register. Registration deadline is June 1st. We're looking forward to hosting you!

Northwest Illinois Spring Sizzler Sale is May 15th!

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Long-time Illinois Holstein member LaRae Klinger passes away

LaRae A. Klinger, 69, of Pecatonica, passed into eternal life Thursday, December 11, 2014, in his home, surrounded by his loving family. Born October 6, 1945, in Freeport, the son of Ernest A. and Luella (Ruter) Klinger. Graduated from Pecatonica High School in 1963. LaRae married Barbara Doyle on June 12, 1971 in the Cathedral of St. Peter, Rockford. He was a steward of the land and his animals on the family dairy farm, retiring from the dairy portion in March, 2009, always striving to improve his operation. LaRae attended Seward Congregational Church and was a member of the Holstein Association USA, Illinois Holstein Association, and Boone-Winnebago County Holstein Club. He was active with the Winnebago County 4-H, and served as a board member of Midwest Dairyman’s Co. and Winnebago County Farm Bureau. God was first, his family was not far behind, and breeding a better Holstein was his passion. LaRae set the standard for fighting adversity without complaint, always keeping his faith and hope, teaching his family and people close to him by example. He was a liver recipient in January, 2002, as the result of the passing of Arnie Schmitz, of Norwalk, Wis. Arnie’s wife, Kay, and their six adult children have remained close to our family since that time. Please consider becoming an organ donor.

LaRae is lovingly survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Robb (Patti) Klinger of Winnebago, Darcie (Ben) Dolan of Durand and Ginnie (Eric) Cunningham of Winnebago; grandchildren, Jack and Lilli Klinger, Victoria, Brady and Matthew Dolan, and Olivia and David Cunningham; sisters, Gayle Foss of Loves Park and Shirley (Gordon) Bosley of Morrison; special nephew, Michael Foss of Loves Park; and several other nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Frederick and Catharine Doyle; and brother-in-law, Terry Foss.

LaRae’s family thanks the staff of UW Madison Unit B4/6, Doctors Musat, Said, Rice, Agarwal, Lucey, Benawal, Andes, and Smith along with Clarion Gilbertson, LaRae’s transplant coordinator for the past ten years, and Heartland Hospice for their loving care and compassion.

Funeral Information

Service is at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 16, 2014, in Seward Congregational Church, with Pastor Tim Spickler of New Life Bible Church, Winnebago, officiating. Burial in North Burritt Cemetery, Winnebago. Visitation 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, December 15, 2014, in Genandt Funeral Home, 602 N. Elida St., Winnebago.

Donations Information

Memorials to Winnebago County 4-H.

Robert Butler passes away

Robert I. Butler, 88, of rural Arrowsmith, passed away at 8:11 a.m. Tuesday (Dec. 2, 2014) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

His funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Wesbein United Methodist Church, Saybrook. The Rev. Guy Keysear will officiate. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Saybrook, with military rites accorded. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Illinois Holstein Association or Wesbein United Methodist Church, Saybrook. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Saybrook, is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Butler was born Nov. 16, 1926, in Saybrook, to W.O. and Floy I. Ellis Butler. He married Marilyn Jones on Oct. 17, 1945, in Saybrook.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Marilyn; four children, daughter, Roberta Oberpriller, Barnum, Minn.; sons, Gary (Amy) Butler, Chenoa, and David (Karen) Butler, Arrowsmith; and daughter, Diane (Scott) Shasteen, Topeka, Ill.; one sister, Nina Arbogast, Grand Junction, Colo.; 11 grandchildren, Darin (Jennifer) Butler, Sycamore; Christine (Jason) O’Connor, Kankakee; Dan (Ashley) Butler, Chenoa; Jayme (Clint) Johnson, Heyworth; Jereme Oberpriller, Superior, Wis.; Brian Butler, Kalamazoo, Mich.; Justin (Nicole) Powell, Tremont; Kim (Craig) Talbot, Barnum, Minn.; Jackie (Bill) Jansen, Damiansville; Brandon Zeman, Marion; and Sarah Butler, Arrowsmith; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Yale, Rex, Gene, Leon and Ralph Butler; one sister, Dorothy; and great-granddaughter, Keira Johnson.

Robert graduated from Saybrook High School in 1944. He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army and served during World War II from 1945 to 1946.

After the Army, Robert returned to Saybrook and began farming. A dairy farmer, he founded Bluff-Ridge Holsteins in 1962. Many of his Holstein cattle won state and national awards.

Robert was active in the Illinois Holstein Association, serving as president and on the board of directors for a number of years. He was also a more than 50-year member of Holstein-Friesian Association of America and Heart of Illinois Holstein Club. He served as dairy superintendent for the McLean County Fair and enjoyed judging dairy cattle shows.

Robert was active in the Saybrook-Arrowsmith communities, serving as a member and president of the Saybrook-Arrowsmith school board for 12 years. He was a member of David Humphrey Daniel American Legion Post 427, Saybrook, and Wesbein United Methodist Church, Saybrook.

Illini Futures Sale is December 4!

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U of I Judging Team wins NAILE Judging Contest!

Team members Samantha Ropp, Jessica Telgmann, Brett Woker, and Dylan Reed participated in the North American International Livestock Dairy Judging Contest in Louisville, KY, on Nov. 9. The team was first overall and fourth in reasons out of 19 teams. The team placed first in Jerseys; fourth in Ayrshire and Guernseys; and third in Holsteins. Individually, Ropp and Woker were fourth and fifth overall, and seventh and ninth in reasons, respectively. Ropp was third in Guernseys, fourth in Jerseys, ninth in Holsteins, and eighteenth in Ayrshires. Woker was sixth in Holsteins, fifteenth in Guernsey’s, and seventeenth in Jersey’s. Telgmann was tenth in Jerseys and thirteenth overall.  Reed was ninth in Guernseys, twenty-second in Ayrshires, sixteenth in reasons, and eighteenth overall, respectively.

2014 Illini Golden Opportunity Sale in the books!

The Illini Golden Opportunity Sale was held October 25 in Altamont, IL. The sale averaged $3,555 on 80 lots and had a gross of $284,400. Topping the sale at $10,100 was Golden-Oaks Atwood Shae, an EX-91 Junior 3-year-old. Her dam is a EX-91 Jeeves with 40,000-lbs. milk then seven more VG and EX dams back to Snow-N Denises Dellia (2E-95). She was consigned by Golden Oaks Farm, Wauconda, IL and purchased by Carli Reeverts, Rockford, IL.

IL 4-Her's place 2nd at National 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl

The Illinois 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Team excelled by placing 2nd at the 2014 National 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl competition held in Louisville, Kentucky on November 7th and 8th.  Fourteen state teams participated from throughout the United States   Team members included: Katie Carlson, Kirkland; Morgan Olbrich, Harvard; Brianna Sheehan, Beloit, WI (formerly Huntley); and Riley Zettle of Rock City, IL.  In addition, Illinois had three members placing in the “top 10” written test.  They included Brianna Sheehan 4th, Katie Carlson 5th, and Riley Zettle placed 9th. 

The 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl has become a premier educational 4-H event as it challenges the contestants’ dairy knowledge in various areas including; dairy production, business management, dairy products and dairy science.  Competition includes answering a 50-question test and then competing with other teams in the double elimination contest.  Each round consists of a series of 5 team questions and 20 toss up questions.  The Illinois team’s only double loss was to the winning team from New York.

The following day, this Illinois foursome also participated in the NAILE youth dairy judging contest where they finished 11th high team overall among 26 teams in the 4-H/FFA division.  The team was 2nd high team in the Ayrshire breed with Brianna Sheehan placing 2nd high individual.              

Thank you to Diamond V of Cedar Rapids, Iowa for sponsoring the quiz bowl team jackets and to the Illinois 4-H Foundation and River Valley Dairy, Tremont, IL who sponsored the team expenses. Dave Fischer, retired University of Illinois Extension Dairy Educator, served as the team coach and was assisted by Becky Meier, Ridott, IL.

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!