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.

2014 Illlinois Championship Show

July 16 - July 18, 2014
Logan County Fairgrounds, Lincoln

Cattle may arrive on Tuesday, July 15, and must exit the fairgrounds immediately following the conclusion of the show on Friday.

Junior Show Judge will be announced on the IHA website when available

Open Show & Futurity Judge: Nathan Thomas, North Lewisburg, Ohio

Hotel Accommodations: Best Western Lincoln
$59.99 (1 king bed)
$69.99 (2 queen beds)
Mention IHA before July 1 for rate.

Cattle Entry form will be available on the IHA website in May. Entries should be submitted to Julie Ashton by July 7 for early entry. You will only pay entries on animals that come to the show. All others will be scratched before the catalog is printed.

Show Sponsorships are now being accepted. If you are interested in donating, please contact Brian or Nate.

Any questions for State Show, please call:
Brian Wesemann @ 414.803.7142 or
Nate Janssen @ 847.224.7859

2014 Illinois Holstein Dutchess Contest

Wednesday, July 16, 5:30 p.m.: Speeches and personal interview conducted
Thursday, July 17, 8:30 a.m.: Crowning of 2014 Illinois Holstein Dutchess

Dutchess Eligibility
Dutchess contestant must be a member of the Illinois Holstein Association. Must be single, 15 years of age, but not yet 21 by January 1, 2014. Must personally own at least one (1) Holstein with at least 87% Registered Holstein Ancestry (RHA) verified on Holstein Association USA, Inc., certificate. A contestant does not have to have won her district contest to participate in the state contest. However, if her district club held a contest, she must have participated in the local contest during the current year. For girls living in districts not holding a contest, they are allowed to participate in the state contest only.

Little Miss Holstein Eligibility
Little Miss Holstein contestant must be at least 6 years of age but not yet 11 by January 1, 20134 Contestants are encouraged to be a member of the Illinois Junior Holstein Association (IHA) and have to have a known relationship to an active IHA member.

All Dutchess and Little Miss Holstein contestants will assist with award distribution at the 2014 Illinois Championship Junior and Open Shows. The state Dutchess agrees to attend the Illinois State Fair Junior and Open Holstein shows to assist with ribbon distribution, to attend the Illinois State Junior Convention, to submit articles to the Illinois Holstein Herald and to attend the Spring Thing. Suggested optional activities are to assist at the State Sale, PDCA Calf Sale and attend the Senior Convention and State Picnic.

The 2014 Illinois Holstein Dutchess will receive a scholarship award. Each Little Miss Holstein contestant will receive a prize package.
For more information, please contact Dutchess Chairman, Lori Lyons.

July 1 Deadline approaching for Futurity Payments

Futurity entries are due July 1st for all cows. Please watch your email for an updated list of all renominations.

The Two, Three and Four Year old fee is $12, the Five-year- old fee is $26. Three-year-olds are eligible for a lump sum fee of $36 with no other fees needed to be paid prior to showing. If you have a Three-year-old that has not be entered in the past you may "catch her up" for the Five-year-old show for $69
(future fees are necessary for showing)

You may print your list out and mail it with the entries due to: Illinois Holstein Futurity c/oWendy Erbsen, 13258 Center Drive, Lanark, IL 61046.

Board of Directors Meeting set for June 13

President Brian Olbrich invites you to the Illinois Holstein Association Board Meeting Friday, June 13, 2014, at a NEW LOCATION - the IAA Building, 1701 Towanda Avenue, Bloomington, Illinois. The group can gather in the reception area and will escorted to our meeting room.

Executive Committee members are asked to arrive at 9:30 a.m. and all Board members are invited to join us by 12 noon for lunch, followed by the afternoon meeting. At 3 p.m., the National Convention Committee Chairmen will meet also to report their activities so hopefully each of those committees can have a separate meeting or conference call beforehand so the chairmen can report on their behalf.

It is important to have at least one representative from each club at the Board meeting to collect your show box! Show boxes will include District Junior Show ribbons, a Certificate of Insurance, show brochures and entry blanks, and membership forms.

Each Club will also get a list of members who have not renewed for this year so those people can be personally contacted and asked to renew. If you have not paid your membership renewal, please do so ASAP so your name isn’t on the list ;)

Committee chairs that have a report to give at this meeting…please notify me so I can add your items to the agenda!

The Association will sponsor the lunch for all in attendance.

Please let Tina Yago know whether or not you will be attending this meeting! If you will be attending, please specify whether you will join us for the lunch so will have enough for everyone. RSVP via email to ilholsteinsecretary@gmail.com.

Summer issue of Illinois Holstein Herald now online!

Click here to view the Summer issue of the Illinois Holstein Herald. This special issue also includes the Souvenir Booklet for the 2014 National Holstein Convention!

Bernie Heisner named Guest of Honor

The National Dairy Shrine is pleased to announced the winners of this year’s award winners.

Bernard Heisner is the Guest of Honor, the highest award from the National Dairy Shrine. This award goes to an individual that has had a dramatic impact on the dairy industry and its future. Bernard “Bernie” Heisner, the General Manager of COBA/Select Sires has had a preeminent role in dairy industry not only for his company but for many allied industry organizations. During his over 20 year association with COBA, the company has grown to over 24 million dollars in sales and 130+ full time employees. COBA offices have also been utilized by the American Guernsey Association, Ayrshire Breeders Association, DHI Cooperative, Inc., Purebred Publishing and National Dairy Shrine as headquarters over the years. Bernie has served the industry in many roles and shared his communication and writing skills with numerous dairy groups. Mr. Heisner has previously received recognition from the Ohio State Fair, Ohio 4-H Leadership Award, Ohio PDCA, The Ohio State University Dairy Service Award, Red & White Dairy Cattle Association and the National Dairy Shrine 4-E Award. Bernie Heisner has truly shaped the future of the dairy industry with his great passion for dairy people and cows.

Congratulations to Bernie from the entire Illinois Holstein Association membership!


Northwest Spring Sizzler Sale

The Northwest Spring Sizzler was held May 4, 2014, in Freeport, Ill. The sale averaged $2825 on live and choice lots.

High selling lot at $6200 was KHW Redburst Madison-Red-ET purchased by London Jones, Hico, Texas. The December 2013 Redburst daughter hails from the Apple family, with her dam being a full sister to Apple 3E-96 and her dam is the EX-95 Altitude. She was consigned by High Altitude Syndicate, Platteville, Wis.

Selling for $6000 was Lot 1, a fancy Goldwyn daughter out of Rolling-Lawns Rhythm-ET 2E-93. She is backed by 10 generations of Very Good or Excellent dams back to Roxy herself! She was consigned by Rolling Lawns Farm, Greenville, Ill., and purchased by Bob Miller and Leroy Kleiner.

Consignment Buyer Consignor Price
KHW Redburst Madison-Red-ET London Jones, Hico, TX (High Altitude Syndicate, Platteville, WI) $6200
Goldwyn x Rolling-Lawns Rhythm-ET Bob Miller & Leroy Kleiner, Orangeville, IL (Rolling Lawns Farm, Greenville, IL) 6000
Golden-Oaks Mcut Cicely-ET Gueldener Farms, Moro, IL (Golden Oaks Farm, Wauconda, IL) 5700
Milksource Comet Alison London Jones, Hico, TX (Eldo Pries, Waverly, IA) 4800
Mil-R-Mor Goldsun Charro-ET Megan Busker, Ridott, IL (Mil-R-Mor Farm, Orangeville, IL) 4300
Ms America Chocolate-ET Koester Dairy, Dakota, IL (Tranquility Farms, Brownsburg-Chatam, PQ) 4200
Ms Cashmoney Miracle-ET Elsbernd Dairy Farms LLC, Calmer, IA (Tranquility Farms, Brownsburg-Chatam, PQ) 4100
Gueldener Dempsey Radar-ET *RC Carli Reeverts, Rockford, IL (Darren Gueldener, Moro, IL) 4000


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!