Owned by three brothers, Edward, David and Paul Hartman, Scattered Acres includes nearly 1,300 acres of crop ground with a milking herd of 1,100 dairy cows located at two farms in Berks and Lancaster Counties. Today, the Hartman family’s fifth and sixth generation operate the dairy. In total, nine Hartman family members manage the farms with 30 employees. The business raises their own replacement females, totaling 1,100 young stock plus the dairy steers and heifers they sell as fat cattle.
Scattered Acres is committed to continuous improvement and producing quality milk and beef. Each quarter, they meet with their core team including their veterinarian, feed nutritionist, a herd health manager, a profit analyzer and employees. When this core team brainstorms, they look for ideas that will boost milk production, increase cow comfort, improve herd health and ease employee workload.
Producing quality milk and beef begins with the beef quality assurance (BQA) program at Scattered Acres. Harrison Hartman learned about BQA’s value while a student at Penn State. He eventually became herd manager at the Reinholds facility and began to implement changes, focusing on BQA and Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM). “It was an easy adjustment for our dairy because we were already practicing many of the requirements,” Harrison said. “It was a common sense program that had both positive economic results and a positive image with consumers.”
BQA protocol benefits at Scattered Acres:
“At its heart, BQA certification is simple,” said Harrison. “We give our injections in regions with the least negative effects, keep records of what every animal receives, and we treat our animals with the best possible care so that after being a dairy cow she can become high quality of beef.“
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