If you ate today, thank a farmer!
Myles Payne, a dairy farmer in Alexander county North Carolina was the featured speaker at the Thursday meeting of the Hickory Rotary Club. Myles and his family own and operate Payne Dairy outside of Taylorsville, North Carolina. Along with his dad and brother, Myles milks a herd of 200 cows every day. On the 700 acre farm, corn, small grains, soybeans and fescue hay are grown. The farm, which has been in the family for over 100 years, has won many awards, including River Friendly Farmer Award, North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Farm Family of the Year for the Mountain Region and the Alexander County Farmer of the Year.
Payne is a third-generation dairy farmer. He started working daily on the family farm at the age of 8 when his first job was to feed calves after school. Payne said working on a dairy farm is very satisfying because he knows that every day he works to provide the public with a wholesome and nutritious product. “I get to produce milk, ride around on tractors and play with cows – what kid wouldn’t love to do that every day?” he said.
Payne Dairy is committed to ecologically sound farming practices designed to protect and preserve the land for future generations of farmers.