Dairy Endowment Reaches Goal

Dr. Maurice Eastridge, Dairy Extension Specialist, The Ohio State University

The Peter W. Spike Dairy Judging Endowment Fund was established in 2005 in honor of Dr. Peter W. Spike, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Animal Sciences, to honor his career at The Ohio State University. Dr. Spike served as a leader, mentor, coach, and friend for Ohio’s dairy youth for 30 years before retiring from the University in 2005. He coached numerous successful 4-H and collegiate dairy judging teams and spent countless hours of dedicated service to dairy youth programs at the local, state and national levels. Given the generous gifts from alumni, friends, donations from artificial insemination organizations to the semen sale held during several years of the Spring Dairy Expo, and contributions by the Buckeye Dairy Club, the endowment reached its base level of $25,000 in May 2011.

The annual distribution from this fund will be used to support the collegiate dairy judging program in the Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University.  Funds also may be used to support the Ohio 4-H dairy program. THANKS to all of those you have contributed to this program and for support to educational programs for Ohio’s dairy youth.