Monday morning started off with rain that tapered off to a cold heavy drizzle in North Central Arkansas. While most folks would have preferred to pull the blankets back over their head and hit the snooze button, there were a select few of us who got up anyway, drank coffee, and after donning insulated coveralls and rubber boots, trudged out to meet the day.
We are the farmers and ranchers scattered throughout this country working hard every day. From the small scale farmer/rancher with only a few head of livestock, or a truck patch garden, to the large scale farmer/rancher with thousands of head of livestock, or thousands of acres of cropland. We all have the same job to do, and we all do it for the love of the job, not the money.
As I drove to the field this morning, I knew I had two newborn calves, and 3 more due any moment now. It was wet, it was cold, and by some measure it was even miserable. Did I complain? No!...This is the life I have chosen for myself, and I wouldn't trade it for all fame and fortune that other desire. Did I grumble? You bet I did, it was wet, cold, and miserable! And to top it off...my coffee had gotten cold!
Through the field I trudged, the "freshest" of the two babies was born a little before nightfall last night, and had barely had a chance to dry off before the rain had set in. His momma had him curled up under a cedar tree for shelter, and he was doing fine. The older of the two calves was playing in the field looking for someone to tussle with, unaware of what the weather felt like to the rest of us.
After feeding them, and walking through the rain to check each one for health and happiness, I got back in my truck and realized how lucky I am to have the job I have, and what a great story I have to tell each one of you about where your food comes from.
I will try to post regularly about agriculture related topics, all of my knowledge and experience is centered around beef. However I will occasionally re-post from my friends about all other aspects of agriculture.
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Until next time,