IDP Announces Farm & Industry Tour to Illinois March 30-31

Indiana Dairy Producers is very pleased to offer this exceptional Farm & Industry Tour on March 30-31. We are chartering a comfortable bus and will fill it with dairy producers and dairy industry folks who want to visit some very interesting places in Illinois.

The bus will leave Lafayette from the Meijers Parking Lot at 8 AM Eastern Time on Wednesday, March 30. It should return to the same place around 5 PM Eastern Time on Thursday, March 31. Please note that we will be on Central Time in Illinois.Registration cost for the first person is $225. Additional persons sharing the same hotel room are $100 per person. Since lodging is included in registration, we will make your hotel reservations for you. Registration includes bus transportation from Lafayette, overnight lodging on March 30th at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Bloomington, IL, snacks, and all meals except Thursday lunch. You must be a current IDP member to attend, and if needed, you can easily become a regular or associate IDP member for $50. All registration fees must be prepaid by March 15, 2016. We accept checks and all major credit cards. Space is limited, so please don't delay! We will make every effort to accommodate your individual needs. Click here for a tour brochure with additional registration details. If you would like to get registered, or if you have questions, please contact Doug Leman at 317-695-8228 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Farms on the Tour:

We will tour Slagel's and Zehr Acres, both tremendous heifer raising facilities, in Fairbury, Illinois. Then, we will tour Kilgus' Dairy & Farmstead Country Store, a 4th generation dairy that bottles and markets their own milk throughout Illinois. We will finish the first day of farm tours with Sauder's River Valley Farm in Tremont, Illinois. River Valley is known for tremendous genetics, and their commercial Jersey herd utilizes Lely robotic milkers.

At the Holiday Inn & Suites, we will enjoy a delicious dinner and listen to Dr. Mike Hutjens, our keynote speaker. All of this is included with registration.

Day 2 will begin with a tour near Mansfield, Illinois. Kasbergen's Stone Ridge Dairy.  The farm milks 3200 Holsteins in a double 50 parallel parlor. Our final tour stop will be at Butlerview Farm, owned by brothers Jeff and Jim Butler and their mother, Joyce. This farm is world renowned for elite genetics.



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