Daryl and Carol Bartz
Daryl and Carol were married in 1960 and began their farming careers four years later. They started on a rented farm and bought 12 sows. The couple purchased their first farm in 1967 and raised two daughters, Connie and Kristy.
Working together, the Bartz family now farms 2,100 acres growing corn and soybeans. They are partners in Camelot Breeders, Prairie Creek Farms and Center Creek Pork. Daryl and Carol purchase isoweans and have been selling 50,000 pigs annually.
Lily Creek Farm is a family operation supported by several valuable employees and team members. The Bartz’s daughter, Connie Peymann, is secretary/treasurer of the business. Connie’s husband, Gary, along with Jeremy and Sarah Glidden and Bartz grandchildren Bethany and Lucas Miller are taking over a large portion of the operation. The Bartz’s grandchildren, Jenna Schaefer, Stephanie Senne, Mitchell Prafke, and Nic Miller assist as well. Daughter, Kristy Bartz, works in the engineering department at Kahler Automation.
Employees include the farm’s hog operation manager and “Hog Whisperer,” Ken Petzel. Jeremy Glidden manages the feed mill with help from Tim Bay. Kevin Prafke, is crop manager and Paul Kosbab assists in crop production.
Daryl has served on the Fraser Town Board and the Martin County Pork Producers. He’s been involved with the start-up of several swine industry companies and is the current president of Camelot Breeders and Center Creek Pork Sow Farms. Daryl is a director on the Triumph State Bank Board and a member of the MN Corn and Soybean Growers Associations. Carol has served as treasurer of the Martin County Pork Producers and Youth for Understanding. The Bartzes are very involved as members of Zion Lutheran Church.