Adam and Melissa Meily
For this sixth-generation farming family,
state-of-the-art animal care is business as usual.
Our family of Farm Promise® farmers includes men and women who embrace sustainable farming practices and take great pride in the work they do every single day. Adam and Melissa Meily, of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, have been part of our family since 2009.
Alexis (14), Mason (10)
Live and Farm in:
A Farm of Their Own
“Shortly after high school, I enlisted in the National Guard and got deployed for a year,” Adam says. “By then, my parents had taken a less active role on the farm, so when I came back, I told them I wanted some land and a farm to raise my family on.”
Hard Work Is a Family Affair
Beyond family, the Meilys attribute much of their success to their community involvement. Both were elected to six-year terms in the local government: Adam is a township supervisor, Melissa is an auditor.
Melissa, meanwhile, is responsible for the annual audit. “It’s not as big a commitment,” she says, and it’s “very different from pig farming.”
Doing Right By Their Animals
That care for their pigs is what the Meilys say the general public understands least about pork. It’s hard for many Americans to even imagine daily life on a pig farm, Adam continues. “In terms of animal welfare and the environment, the misconception is that farmers just do what they need to do and don’t worry about anyone or anything else,” he says. “But it’s really 180 degrees from that.”
The Meilys rely on the latest technologies to make sure everything in the barn is state-of-the-art, Adam explains. From touchscreens for controllers to other future improvements for the farm, it all comes back to giving their pigs the best care possible.
“We’re able to sustain the rest of our farm with the income we get from raising pigs,” Adam continues. “I feel safe. I know I’m working for a company that has a long-term vision. I know I’m getting paid. If you talk to a lot of dairy farmers right now, they wouldn’t say the same thing.”
“Farming is part of our family. No one gets a free pass on the work that needs to be done.”
– Adam Meily
At the end of the day, he adds, “We have pride in the pigs we’re raising because of how we treat them.”