Showing Cattle is a Family Affair… and that’s no bull!
The Ippensen Family has been involved in raising cattle for generations. They began raising registered Shorthorn cattle in 1932 and have been showing cattle since 1958. It’s a family affair since the beginning and continues today with the next generation.

Darrell and wife Luan, along with their children Kyle and Christina, have spent years traveling across the Midwest exhibiting their registered Shorthorn beef cattle. They have never taken a family vacation; they just attend the next cattle show. It’s truly been a family commitment, one they all take pride in and enjoy.

“You’ve gotta love it,” says Darrell.  “It’s too much work if you don’t love doing it.”

CollageThe work starts months before show season. The animals must be broke to lead and go into the show ring. This process can take weeks or months, depending on the animal. In preparation for showing, the animals have to be rinsed and have their hair blow dried daily in the month leading up to the show. Then at show time the hair has to be clipped to allow the animal to show at its best.

Of course, they wouldn’t trade a minute of any of it for anything. The Ippensens have been honored many times for their excellent herdsmanship and have always enjoyed helping other families learn the ropes. Darrell and Luan’s devotion to 4-H programs earned them the Hancock County 4-H Family of the Year award in 2005.

In 1978 they raised and showed the national champion heifer, and Darrell and his father were inducted into Shorthorn Breeders Hall of Fame in 1988 and have both been selected as breeders of the year in Illinois. Darrell has also had the opportunity to serve as secretary/treasurer and national delegate for the state board of the American Shorthorn Association.

Today the Ippensen Family has 38 cows with the majority still purebred Shorthorns along with some Shorthorn Plus, Purebred Herefords, and several club calf cows with Maine, Chi, and Charolais composites. We have also started using embryo transplant breeding methods, and we are working to get back into the mainstream cattle business.

Check out the great selection of cattle offered by Ippensen Family Shorthorns and Herefords. Let their family help put your family in the winner’s circle!