Miller Farm is a third generation farm that started in the early 1920's.
Our farm is located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with fertile land, surrounded by rolling mountains and scenic views. We are about two and one half hours southwest of Washington, DC and two hours northwest of our state capitol, Richmond.
My father farmed while working public work and I started most of the day-to-day operations early in high school. After graduation from college, I, along with my parents and brother, built our first turkey house (1986). In 1987 I married Nancy Atkins. The following year, we added our second turkey house, which allowed me to retire from a short four years of teaching school and farm full time. In 1988 my wife and I formed a partnership with my parents and my brother and his wife.
Miller Family raised the Presidential Turkey in 2012
Nancy and I began our own cattle business in the early 90's, running about 100 black-hided cattle. Within the next ten years, we started buying a few registered Angus cattle. Today 85 percent of our cattle are a result of embryo transplant and 15 percent artificial insemination. We have five donor cows with around 75 recip cows. We also have two cooperator herds that add to our inventory. In November 2014 we hosted our first production sale and the second sale in November 2015 passed all expectations.
There is hardly a day that goes by that we don't study genetics and strive to improve our production-oriented cattle. We lean heavily on our partner, Jerry Gustin, who has brought passion and wisdom to our operation. Jerry is truly a great person who is an ambassador for Angus cattle.
In 2010 we purchased the entire Miller Farm, LLC operation and in 2015 we added our third turkey house, which allowed Nancy to work full time on the farm (after 28 years of public work). We currently own or rent around 260 acres and market 205,000 turkeys annually for Cargill. Our daughter, Kelsey, is a University of Virginia graduate and teaches in Fort Benton, Montana. Our son, Chase, is studying veterinary medicine at Kansas State and helps us mating donors and also with sire selections for artificial insemination. Chase recently married a wonderful Kansas gal.
We have a great passion for agriculture and work hard to be good stewards of the land but nothing Nancy or I have achieved can take the place of the love we have for our children and the memories we have made on the farm.