Someday when Jeff retires, the legacy of our farm will belong to Payton. What a bundle of energy he has been since he came out of the womb! Of course, keeping up with his older cousins added to any incentive he had to excel, though he would have regardless. He was a standout in high school and gave us one of the most exciting moments of our lives when he won first place in the state wrestling competition in the Schottenstein Center at OSU.
Payton has excelled in everything he has put his mind to and is now learning the ropes of our operation from the ground up. Jeff is not playing favorites and has him in the milking parlor six days a week for many hours and is teaching him aspects of the record-keeping we do on cattle. Payton has also spent many hours fence walking. We have well over ten miles of electric fence on our farms. In summertime tall grass and weeds can short out fences and cattle learn quickly that they can escape. Somebody has to walk those fences with a weed whip and cut down the offending grass and weeds. Of course, it’s always a hot summer day when the job needs done, but when it is done we can keep our cattle captured in the paradise of luscious legumes where they live.