A tour of Luck-E Holsteins in Hampshire, IL, kicked off the 2018 National Red & White Convention on June 20. Home to household names like Asia, Kandi and Awesome-Red, guests were welcomed by Dennis and Beth Engel, and sons, Matt and Joe. Later that evening at the Annual Banquet, Luck-E receive the Young Breeder Award.
Luck-E Holsteins was established by Dennis & Beth in 1968 after the purchase of their first registered Holstein. Today, the herd averages 160 milking cows and 72% are either R&W or RC. The dams of all animals on the farm average EX-92.
The Engels have bred and developed two prominent Red & White families – Asia and Kandie. The “A” family is most famous today for Luck-E Advent Asia EX-94 and her two sons, Awesome-Red & Adonis-Red. Awesome-Red is the highest proven Red & White Type bull of the breed. Luck-E McGucci Afro EX-92, a sister to Awesome-Red & Adonis-Red, is also the #1 Type EX Red Cow of the Breed at +3.61T. Artisan-Red is an Apprentice son at Select Sires who is +3.25T & +81F. He is set to be released after the August 2018 proof run. Afro also has a +3.99T Polled *RC daughter.
The “K” family which has been at Luck-E since 1980 and the “A” family which came to Luck-E in 1988. The highlight of the “K” family is Luck-E Advent Kandie-Red EX-95 97-MS. Kandie was Senior Champion, Champion Bred & Owned, Best Udder of Show, and Reserve Grand Champion of the 2014 World Dairy Expo!
The Engels have also introduced polled genetics into their herd. Luck-E Ladd Jubilee-Red is a 10th gen. EX and was one of the first polled milking cows to win at a National Show. She was 1st Junior 2 and HM Grand Champion at the 2015 Midwest Spring R&W Show.
For more about Luck-E Holsteins, visit their Facebook Page and Website.