Luck-E Holsteins was established by Dennis & Beth Engel in 1968 after the purchase of their first registered Holstein. Today the herd, with an average size of 160 milk cows, is owned and managed by their sons Matt & Joe Engel. The Luck-E breeding philosophy is to breed truly well balanced cows with width from the muzzle to the pins with a silky well attached udder and high protein. Chest width is the building block of the cow. Cow famiies are very important on the top and bottom of the pedigree. At Luck-E we believe it not how good your best cow is. It is how good your worst cow is. If you avoid making bad ones the good ones, then the great ones will come.


All cows are housed in sand freestalls and milked in a 38 cow tiestall barn with 19 milk machines. As of December 2014, all +2nd lactation cows averaged EX-90 and all 2yr olds Averaged VG-85.  To date Luck-E has bred 368+ Excellent cows including 1 EX-96, 4 EX-95, 29 EX-94, 29 EX-93, & 140 EX-92 or EX-91.

There are 2 cow families that make the heart of the Luck-E breeding program. 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 "A" family is most famous today for Luck-E Advent Asia EX-94 and her two sons, Awesome-Red & Adonis-Red. Asia's daughter, Avalanche Aka-Red is +3.82 Type. One of the highest in the world!

Joe Engel
Matt Engel

Farm address

15N638 Walker Rd

Hampshire, IL 60140 


Joe    1-847-347-5561

Matt 1-847-917-1382

Fax    1-847-683-3482

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