Spike’s Farm, Kurt and Judy Spike
Spike’s Farm was purchased in 1973 by Kurt’s parents, Walt and Kay Spike. Walt and Kurt started milking cows and growing crops shortly after the farm was purchased.
In 1980, a partnership was formed between Walt and Kay and Kurt and Judy. The families worked together and updated their barn to increase their dairy herd to 65 cows. Kurt and Judy took over the milking and field work in 1980. Walt continued to help when needed.
The Spikes grew their herd to be one of Wright County’s top dairy herds. They received numerous awards from Kemps for top quality milk and milk production between 1981 and 1995. Kurt milked cows until 1996 and then the cows, along with pigs the family raised, were sold. The Spikes transitioned to a corn-fed beef and crop operation that is still running today. The family sells beef, along with pork and chicken, directly to the public.
Kurt and Judy continue to be very involved in the operation. Judy worked off the farm and helped with milking, fieldwork, record keeping and the farm’s website. The couple has two sons, Kris and Jon. Both sons work off the farm but lend a hand when needed. Kris joined Kurt in the beef business in 2003 and in 2019, Kris’s son, Hunter, reintroduced pigs to the farm. Kris’s daughter Kolby helps farrow and raise the pigs for fair prospects, feeders and direct market pork. Chickens were added to the business last year. Kris’s oldest daughter, Lily, helps with the farm’s record keeping and website; she’s been an officer for the Buffalo FFA for the past two years. Lily won the state FFA award in agricultural sales twice and heads to Iowa State University this fall majoring in ag business.