Dan Pike is Retiring
At the young age of 14, Dan Pike decided he wanted to go to auction school so his parents made a deal with him that if he could come up with half of the $300 tuition, they would pay for the other half. Now, after 46 years as an auctioneer, Pike is going to retire although he says there will be things that he will miss.
"I'm gonna miss the people. I'm gonna miss the people I work with and have worked for. I'm gonna miss the every day activity the phone calls that come. Every day in the auction business is a new day. There is no one auction like the auction you've done before."
Pike says there were a number of factors that went into his decision.
"Probably in the last year with what's going on kind of sped things up a little bit. There's a lot of changes in all businesses and change certainly in the auciton business as well. Technology with the equipment we're working with, the farm equipment we're working with is certainly advancing and making it more of a challenge for an older person, I guess, to keep up with it."
Pike will still be involved in the sale and appraisal of farm land. In retirement Pike plans to spend more time with his family and will keep busy with his registered Angus cow and calf operation.