March 19, 2015
Kleinert Hampshires began in 1953 as a 4-H project when Darryl was nine years old. With the help of his father, William, Darryl bought two bred Hampshire yearling ewes. Throughout high school, Darryl was mentored by his agriculture teacher, Mr. Maynard Boudreau. As time passed and his experience grew, so did the size of his flock. Darryl successfully showed his Hampshires on the Illinois County Fair circuit for several years in the late 1950s and early 1960s. In 1966, Darryl purchased the Famed Willoughby Flock from Marshall Field, Jr. and Dr. Kurt Campbell of Libertyville, Illinois. This purchase of 200 head lead to the first Kleinert Hampshires Production Sale in the spring of 1967. Kleinert Hampshires winning ways continued with the Grand Champion Wether at the 1970 Illinois State Fair. We sold the then record selling Hampshire ewe in 1974, at our spring production sale to Keith Lamb for $1,475. We later showed the National Champion Hampshire Ram at the 1975 National Show in Lubbock, Texas. At the same time, Darryl was elected to the AHSA board of directors, where he served three consecutive terms. The Kleinert Family tradition of raising and showing Hampshires continued with sons Scott, Michael, Brian and Bret successfully showing Hampshires in the 1970’s and 1980’s. In 1978, the family moved to the farm in Chebanse, Illinois. Unfortunately, in the early morning hours of February 5, 1979, the main barn housing 121 ewes and 52 lambs was destroyed by fire. However, by carefully researching the old Hogg and Olsen bloodlines, several daughters were purchased to help rebuild the flock. Prominent stud rams used during the early 1980’s included ‘Happy Days,’ ‘King Arthur’ and ‘Lou Hensen.’ In the early 1980’s Michael also became more actively involved in Kleinert Hampshires; and in 1982 the flock reached its peak of 280 ewes. The tradition of Hampshires and showing continued into the third generation as Michael and Susie’s’ sons’ Kurtis, Kyle and Kory all showed Hampshires at local, state and national shows. Bret and Lisa’s son Will is now showing Hampshires as well. Today Darryl, although retired, maintains a small flock of Hampshire ewes and keeps busy helping Michael. Michael, along with his oldest son Kurtis, continue the Kleinert Hampshires legacy started by his father and grandfather in 1953. They currently maintain a breeding flock of 100 Hampshire ewes. Michael can be seen at many Hampshire events promoting Hampshires and continuing the Kleinert Hampshires tradition where “Quality Breeding Lasts Forever.”
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1961 Grand Champion Ewe
1958 Grand Champion Ram
1964 - William Kleinert
1974 Record Selling Ewe
1970 Grand Champion Wether
1975 National Champion Ram
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