Mike and Sheila Miller purchased their first registered Hereford cattle in 1979 and kept them on Sheila's parents' farm near Hershey, PA until they purchased their first farm in Berks County a year later. As third-generation farmers, Mike and Sheila followed in the footsteps of their parents. Charles and Kathleen Miller farmed near Gettysburg, PA and raised commercial cattle. Sheila's parents, Vernon and Mildred Miller, had a commercial Hereford herd, which transitioned into a feeding and freezer beef operation in the 1960s. The examples of their parents hard work and love of farming instilled in them the desire to own and operate their own farms. Today, their daughter, Emilie, and future son-in-law, Austin Fink, are helping these farms to grow even better in the 21st century.
Roughly 50 mother cows owned by Mike, Sheila and Emilie produce registered seedstock for the industry. The Millers sell feeder cattle to repeat buyers and have a growing customer base for quality freezer beef.
For a glimpse at our history in pictures, check out our photo gallery.
Part of the responsibilities of being involved in agriculture is to be part of organizations that support the industry. We are proud members of:
It is only fitting that the sign marking the entrance to Deitschland Farm was made by Sheila's father, a commercial Hereford breeder and World War II veteran who survived the battle of Iwo Jima. Vernon instilled in his daughter and son-in-law the desire to farm and raise cattle. The boards used to make the sign are from the original barn on the 63-acre farm that Mike and Sheila purchased in 1980. Today, the farm has grown to include the neighboring 90 acres where the Millers continue the tradition of pastures filled with white-faced cattle.
Both Mike and Sheila have served as directors on the PA Hereford Association Board.
Emilie is the founder and past president of the PA CattleWomen.