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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


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News Archive - October 2010

Illini Golden Opportunity Sale 2010

The Illini Golden Opportunity sale was held recently at Golden Oaks Farm in Wauconda, IL. The unofficial average was $2074.

Golden Oaks purchased the top selling lot consigned by Jonathan Heinsohn, Red Carpet Holsteins. Selling for $6500 Lot 5 was a 1st choice Snowman or MAS from Regancrest G Brandis. Brandis is a Goldwyn Granddaughter of Barbie that has produced several top genomic calves to date.
L-R Scott Courtney Ringman, Gary Janssen, Dairy Development Manager, Nate Janssen, Dairy Operations Manager, Ethan Heinzmann, herdsman, all from Golden Oaks, on the right is Les Terpstra ringman.

The top selling LIVE animal was Golden Oaks AS Charlene consigned by Golden Oaks Farms and purchased by Nelson Heinzmann and Jason Brammeier for $5300. Charlene is an Alexander from Golden Oaks Champ Rae, Champ Rae is an 8th Generation EX Roxy.

L-R Larry Kleiner, Scott Courtney, Katie Probst, Nate Jansen, Gary Estes, Nelson Heinzmann, Ethan Heinzmann, Les Terpstra, Mike Netemeyer, Amy Miller, Paul Trapp

Lot 3 -$5000 - A fancy June 2010 Shottle calf, consigned by Carson Kasbergen of Stone Ridge Dairy. Dam is a VG-86 VG-88-MS Talent from Regancrest Babydoll, EX-92 Junior All-American Jr 3 in 2008.

Lot 15-$5000 - RED Mr Burns from Windsor-Manor Rev-Red EX-92 (Talent) and carrying an Destry heifer, consigned by Golden Oaks Farm

Robert Wild is laid to rest

Robert H. Wild of Winslow died, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, at Stephenson Nursing Center in Freeport.

He was born Nov. 10, 1934, in rural Winslow, the son of Harold and Helen (Kundert) Wild. Robert and Shirley Sweetwood were married Nov. 20, 1954, at East Clarno Church in Wisconsin.

Robert graduated from Orangeville High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. Robert and Shirley farmed in the Winslow area. He was the fourth generation to operate the family farm.

Mr. Wild was an active member of the Stephenson County Holstein Club and was awarded the Illinois State Outstanding Senior Breeding Award in 1997.

Robert was a square dance caller for 35 years, teaching dances in Orangeville, Freeport, and Monroe, Beloit and Janesville, Wis., and calling in several states. He was on staff at Shady Rest Lodge in Rhinelander, Wis., and Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

Robert is survived by his wife, Shirley of Winslow; children, Scott Wild of Monroe, Patti Brugger of Monroe, Kevin (Sandy) Wild of Forreston and Kris (Theresa) Wild of Winslow; sister, Marlene (Gary) Rote of Freeport; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter Janet Wild.

Richard Sorrill passes aways

Word has reached us that Richard A. Sorrill, age 88, of 1756 N. 1400th Avenue, Quincy, died on Monday, October 18, 2010 at 1:13 am in Blessing Hospital.

He was born on September 5, 1922 in Adams County, Illinois the son of Albert and Edith McConnell Sorrill. On May 3, 1947 he married Iola Vahle in Quincy. She preceded him in death on May 8, 1990.

Richard was a 1939 graduate of Quincy High School. Richard farmed in rural Quincy for all of his life. He was a member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, the Mississippi Valley Holstein Club and the Illinois Holstein Association, the Adams County Farm Bureau, was a former member of the Liberty School Board, and was a Gilmer Township Trustee.

Richard was an avid gardener and Chicago Cubs fan. His greatest joys were his family and raising registered Holsteins on his farm, Sky-View-Acres.

Survivors include three children, Ron Sorrill and wife Glenna of Liberty, IL, Karen Sorrill, and Dennis Sorrill and wife Lois of Quincy; four grandchildren, Tom Sorrill and wife Anthea of London, England, Brian Sorrill and companion Sissi of Ursa, IL, Erin Lyons and husband Brian of Alexandria, VA, and Laura Sorrill of Quincy; 4 great grandchildren, Tiffany Sisk, Brianna Sorrill, Jordan Sorrill, and Mathew Sorrill; 3 sisters, Dorothy Roe of Highland, IL, Marge Rabbitt and husband Dick of St. Charles, IL, Phyllis Farlow and husband Lee of Camp Point, IL; and a brother, Don Sorrill and wife Shirley of Liberty.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Ruth Koester.

Services: 11:00 am Thursday October 21, 2010, at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church with the Pastor Scott Swigart officiating. Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery.

Visitation: 5:00 to 8:00 pm Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home

Memorials: Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church

Online condolences can be expressed at

Hansen-Spear Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Illini Golden Opportunity Sale catalog now online!

Visit the Illini Golden Opportunity Sale page to view the catalog online. Updates will also be posted as they are available and make your plans for now to attend the sale October 23, in Wauconda, Ill.

Illini Golden Opportunity Sale