KANSAS CITY, Kan. (March 21, 2018) – The Bateman family, owners of Bateman’s Mosida Farms in Elberta, Utah, has been named among the 2018 Members of Distinction by Dairy Farmers of America (DFA).

The Members of Distinction program recognizes dairy farmers who excel on their operations, in their communities and in the industry. Honorees inspire others through their actions, leadership and involvement. They represent the best of the dairy industry.

DFA comprises more than 14,500 farmer-owners across the United States. Each year, one notable member farm from each of DFA’s seven regional Areas is selected to receive this honor. Bateman’s Mosida Farms represents the Cooperative’s Mountain Area.

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.

“Dad always taught us to look to the future and try to make good decisions and be progressive,” Jason says. “We’re always looking for ways to try and improve the bottom-line and build the business.”

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.

“Our goal is and always has been to be more efficient and self-sufficient,” Wayne says.

To help improve overall efficiency, the Batemans installed a solar system about one year ago that generates power for the dairy and the surrounding community. The family also composts and reuses the by-products from their operation.

“The bottom-line is that you have to be good stewards of the land and good stewards of the animals,” Steve says.

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