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The Illinois Beef Association recognized Gabrielle Lemenager, Isermann Farms, Kassing Farms, Tree Lane Farms and Adams Farms during the IBA Summer Conference.

June 26, 2017

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IBA AWARD: The Outstanding Junior of the Year award goes to Gabrielle Lemenager.

Five farm families received awards from the Illinois Beef Association for their dedication to the cattle industry, continued improvements on their farms and contributions to the Illinois beef industry. The award winners were recognized at the IBA Summer Conference on June 13 in Quincy.

Outstanding Junior of the Year: Gabrielle Lemenager, Clifton
Gabrielle Lemenager (pictured above) attended her first National Junior Angus Show at the age of 9 and quickly fell in love with cattle. Lemenager grew up showing cattle with her brothers and her extended family. She got involved and took on leadership roles in her state and national associations. When the Illinois Junior Beef Association formed, Lemenager was elected chairwoman. Her leadership roles helped her make a smooth transition to college and the beginning of her career.

Environmental Steward of the Year: Isermann Farms, Streator
The Isermann family launched their beef cattle operation to grow and diversify their seventh-generation farm. The cattle enterprise started with six pairs, but has grown to a cow-calf herd with 60 Angus-based females. As their operation grew, David and his son Jim looked for ways to use and improve row crop land to support the herd. Their original plan included a pasture grazing system, but the family saw potential in cover crops to create a more sustainable and productive row crop operation with their existing farmland. The Isermanns’ cattle graze on cover crops, which enhances economic viability while improving soil health.

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Environmental Steward of the Year: Isermann Farms, David and Jim Isermann

Commercial Producer of the Year: Kassing Farms, Mount Sterling
Fifth-generation farmer Bob Kassing operates 1,200 acres of row crops, 600 acres of open and wooded pasture, and a 175-head cow herd. His father helped him join the farm in 1967, and his mother is still an integral part of the operation today. The family raises two breeds: Saler and Angus. Their commercial-cross cow herd set the basis for a functional and uniform set of cattle that are easy fleshing with a great disposition. As the Kassings look to improve their cow herd for the future, a balanced approach to breeding will produce high-demand cattle at the sale barn. Bob and his wife, Carolyn, have four children and 12 grandchildren.

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Commercial Producer of the Year: Kassing Farms, Bob and AJ Kassing

Seedstock Breeder of the Year: Tree Lane Farms, El Paso
Founded in 1943 by pioneer Angus breeder Loren Schlipf, Tree Lane Farms has a rich history in the purebred cattle business. One of the first to embrace black Simmental cattle, Dale Schlipf, Loren’s son, used this Angus cow herd as a base to fulfill his vision for the operation. Today, Tree Lane Farms still focuses on raising quality seedstock. The Schlipf family has evolved their breeding program to bring more high-quality animals to the marketplace. They focus on quality donor females from four different breeds to flush for embryos. The intense embryo transfer program allows Tree Lane Farms to produce more quality cattle without drastically expanding the cow herd or overwhelming their resources. They market their premium calves as show animals and bulls through several avenues. The family is proud of Tree Lane Farms’ reputation for quality seedstock.

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Seedstock Breeder of the Year: Tree Lane Farms, Dale and Ryan Schlipf

Farm Family of the Year: Adams Farms, Sandwich
Alan and JoAnn Adams, along with their son Ross and his wife, Jessie, and their two children, raise corn, soybeans and cattle. Alan and JoAnn started their family and began growing their cattle enterprise after college. The sixth-generation operation expanded when Ross and Jessie returned to the farm and they built their first new cattle barn in 2009. Two additional barns followed to accommodate more feeder cattle and generate income to sustain both families. Feedlots provide opportunities for growth, but the Adams family enjoys running their small cow-calf herd on their rolling, wooded pastures. The family focuses on raising a quality product and looks toward the future of the operation and sustaining it for the seventh generation.

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Farm Family of the Year: Adams Farms, Alan, JoAnn, Ross and Jessie Adams, and their kids

Source: IBA

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