Dairy farm earns accolades
Hoffman Dairy Farm recently earned a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Dairy Award for its continuing commitment to excellence. BQA is a national program encouraging the use of common-sense husbandry techniques coupled with scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions.
Owned and operated by Dale and Carol Hoffman since 1976, Hoffman Farm is a 400- acre homestead located near Shinglehouse.
Starting with fewer than three dozen cows, the farm has expanded over the years. In 1998, a free-stall facility was constructed, which allowed the farm to house an additional
The herd now consist of approximately 800 milking cows and 700 replacement heifers, which produce more than 7,000 gallons of milk per day. Last year alone, the farm shipped upwards of 2.5 million gallons of milk to distributors and consumers.
The family also provides tours and posts stories online related to day to day farm life and production practices.
Dale said the BQA guidelines he has in place on the farm are the key to generating healthy and better producing animals.
“My motto has always been, take care of the cows and they’ll take care of the business,” he explained. “My original goal was to milk 30 cows and that was it, but things sure changed.”