Dairy Farmers of America’s (DFA) Members of Distinction program honors members who embody the Cooperative’s core values and excel on their operations, in their communities and in the industry. Each year, one member farm from each of DFA’s seven regional Areas is honored during the Annual Banquet at DFA’s Annual Meeting. The 2018 Mountain Area Members of Distinction are:
Bateman Family, Bateman’s Mosida Farms – Elberta, Utah
Since 1972, when Wayne Bateman moved his family and his herd to Bateman’s Mosida Farms near Elberta, Utah, Wayne has instilled in his sons, Brad, Jason, Lance and Steve, a spirit of innovation and continuous improvement. Today, the family, along with 100 employees, milks approximately 7,200 cows, with roughly 17,000 total animals on the operation. They also farm about 4,000 acres of double crop corn and three-way blends. To help improve overall efficiency, the Batemans compost and reuse the byproducts from their operation. They also installed a solar system about one year ago that generates power for the dairy and the surrounding community.
Watch the following video to find out more about the family's farm: