Adam and Carl Schlipf launched the family into the Angus industry in the late 1940s. By 1953, the brothers organized their first production sale jointly with Loren Schlipf of El Paso, Illinois. The sale was held in Congerville, Illinois. Adam and Carl began their operation descending from the herd of A.D. Bradshaw, and featured cows such as the famous Barbara M of Anoka, and Evergreen Erica, Black Empress, Juana and Ballindalloch families.
In the 1960s the brothers purchased the famous Ballot of Meadowlane bull from New Salem, New York. The bull was the son of the great Royal Highland, a Supreme Champion at the Chicago International Livestock Exposition. The bull was extremely prized because he was completely Scotch bred.
Adam’s son-in-law Orlan Miller continued the family tradition of Angus cattle purchasing cattle for their children from Tree Lane Farm and Loren Schlipf, a cousin to Adam. The Miller’s five children, Carla, Alan, Arlan, Cathy, and Amber all showed cattle locally as youth, and Alan and Cathy continued their show careers to the state and national levels. Alan became active in the National Junior Angus Association and was a member of their Board of Directors.
In 1994 the Millers purchased Davis Proven Queen 3026, and launched Alan into the Angus business. Prairie View Farm today consists of more than 130 cows. PVF New Horizon 001, Dameron PVF Raptor 702 and many Proven Queens have been bred on the operation. The farm is also home to a select group of cows owned by Adcock Land and Livestock, Moweaqua and Burr Ridge. Alan has judged numerous state and national livestock shows, and been active in the Illinois Angus Association as sale chairman for the last 10 years.
Today, Alan and Orlan jointly operate the farm. The operation consists not only of the purebred Angus, but 1,000 acres of corn, soybean, wheat, and alfalfa hay. The cattle are intensively grazed on rotational pastures primarily on the home farm.