Farm, Land , Dairy
and Residential Specialist
Realtor Matt Wilke focuses on all of your real estate needs. Homes for sale, commercial and land Matt has you covered. From Missoula, Montana, Matt's parents were very hardworking and owned their own logging business. When Matt was 9 years old his parents sold their logging business and bought a Farm and Ranch in Vale, Oregon. This is when Matt first started learning how to farm and raise cattle. Whether it was trapping gophers, swathing hay, working dirt or building fences, Matt was all more than eager to learn, and try to fill in his father’s footsteps. In high school, Matt was fortunate enough to have amazing instructors in both Automotive Mechanics and F.F.A. His senior year he and his teammate took first place in Oregon state for Ag Mechanics, continuing on to represent Oregon at the national level to take Fifth place in the U.S. that year for Ag Mechanics at the F.F.A. National Convention in Kansas City. After high school Matt received a scholarship to attend Weber State University in Ogden, Utah for automotive technology. He attended the Chrysler Apprenticeship Program and worked as an Automotive Technician in Boise for a short time afterwards. During this time, his parents traded their Farm and Ranch in Oregon, for another farm just across the border in Idaho. Shortly thereafter Matt came back to work for his family, and they started building a feedlot to raise cattle primarily for the Dairy market. Sometimes using the feedlot to background beef cattle.
Raising Dairy Heifers soon became their number one priority. Using the best technology available from farming to feeding the cattle, the business continued growing to keep up with customer demand. Doing the best job possible was the key to success, whether it was chopping and bagging feed to prevent any kind of feed spoilage, GPS systems on tractors, precision planting and vertical tillage on corn, fieldnet for monitoring center pivot irrigation systems, A.I. breeding or using state of the art feed programs to monitor feed intake and costs. If there was a better way to do something, they would do it. Matt learned many valuable lessons, including the permitting process for a C.A.F.O., and the necessary water permits needed for the feedlot as well.
In 2010 the Family acquired another Farm in Canyon County Idaho overlooking Lake Lowell. Having beautiful rolling hills and scenic views of Bogus basin, the Owyhee mountains and Lake Lowell, it was the perfect place for future home sites. Teaming up with Mills and Company, the family set forth to zone the farm residential as well as some neighboring land that will lend itself to better use as home sites in the future. Going through the planning and zoning process for this land was a valuable experience, and Mills and Company gave them help and guidance necessary to achieve the sought after residential zoning for this area.
In the spring of 2017, a long time Dairy customer bought the families feedlot. From the sale of this land, the family used 1031 exchanges to buy Commercial and Residential buildings in the booming Treasure Valley Real Estate market. Having rental properties as well as farm land has helped diversify the farms portfolio, and given access to other markets. Over the next year and a half, they leased the feedlot back until they could finish raising cows for their current customers, and button up the cattle operation. On October 27th. 2018, after feeding non stop twice a day 7 days a week, the feed wagons at Wilke Farms fed the cows for the last time. It was a bitter sweet day!
Having made great contacts through business over the last 20 years in Idaho and Oregon, Matt is currently positioning himself for great success in the Idaho real estate markets. Choosing to join Mills and Co. Realty, will provide land development research to help Matt's clients buy/sell property at its true potential. Mills and Company brings more than just value to their clients, they bring a wide variety of farm and land use knowledge and trust. Whether it’s natives that have generations of Idaho history, or people new to the area, Matt has it covered! Focusing on bringing the best Idaho has to offer in real estate, to those that really appreciate what this beautiful state has to offer! From the amazing hunting, fishing, camping and hiking, to the busy bright city lights, let all four seasons of Idaho be your new home. Not to mention low power costs, and ample water for crops. Its no wonder Idaho is one of the top states to move to.
Matt and his family enjoy camping in the summer, fishing and hunting in the fall, snowboarding and hot springs in the winter. They seek adventure after adventure and are so proud to make Idaho their home.