Doug and Lorie Kirtz Family
Doug grew up helping his father on the farm throughout his high school and college years. In 1989, Doug started his own swine operation with 70 sows, farrow-to-finish. In 1991, Doug increased the size of his sow herd to 250 and began selling pigs when they were weaned at about 20 days old. Doug and Lorie were married in 1993. Three years later, the sow herd was increased to 525 sows and the Kirtzes formed Kirtz Farms Incorporated, and continued to sell wean pigs.
Today, the family still has about 525 sows weaning on a five-week cycle. Doug works full time with the day-to-day management of the pigs. He takes care of breeding, farrowing, and baby pig care. Lorie works off the farm at Ameriprise Financial and fills in when needed with pig care and weaning. The couple’s children, Seth, Eli and Sadie, help with weaning, washings, shots, laundry and other chores. High school students are hired to help on an as-needed basis.
The Kirtzes are involved in the Renville County Pork Producers and committees of the Minnesota Pork Producers Association. Seth has earned an Eagle Scout ranking and Eli is currently working toward his. The family of five are members of the FFA and FFA alumni with the Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart School. Doug is currently president of the McLeod Co-op Power Association board, Lorie is an EMT with the Buffalo Lake Ambulance and secretary of the Buffalo Lake Area Business Association. The family is also involved with many activities at their church.