Mark and Mike Spadgenske
Twin brothers Mark and Mike began their dairy partnership in April of 1994. They began by milking 60 cows in a rented barn. A couple years later they bought Mike’s place where they currently raise heifers, and in 1998 they bought Mark’s place, about 2 miles down the road from Mike’s. While they continued to milk cows in the rented barn, the brothers started renovating an old hiproof barn on Mark’s place to include a parlor, milk room, utility room, office, and sick cow pen. In 2001, they built a 60 x 216 free stall barn with a slatted floor over a manure pit. Soon after they moved all of the cows to the new free stall barn, and then two years later they added an addition to the free stall barn. Today, Spadgenske Dairy milks 250 cows. They also raise 150 acres of corn silage and 800 acres of hay. They employ 3 full time and 4 part time employees.
When not working on the farm, Mark and his wife Kristine are active in the Young Cooperator program with Dairy Farmers of America and the Becker County ADA Board. The couple is also actively involved in the “Speak Out” Program with the Midwest Dairy Association where they speak to civic organizations regarding best practices on the farm. Kristine is a director on the Minnesota Dairy Promotion Council-Midwest Dairy Board and Mark is active with Dairy Farmers of America. Mark and Kristine have 4 children; Ryan, Kate, Adam, and Seth. Mike and RaeAnn have 2 children; Ray and John.