Today I was sittin out at the feed bunks, waiting on the corn silage being fed from the silo, watching the steers enjoy their slobbery, giant bites of silage (cattle have no table manners, what-so-ever), and pondering my theme for the day: Farm Visits.
I have already written one post for the day, but it only seems appropriate to add some more thoughts. When/If I have visitors for a day, I would probably do my best to show case those things I’m most excited, passionate about. Actually I think of em more as guests than visitors.
I want to show my guests what it looks, sounds, and feels like to turn cows onto fresh, green pastures. I want em to know that energy and adrenaline when I’m up to my armpits in uterine fluids, bringing a young calf into this world. I want em to see what it’s like to be in the middle of a hay field trying to figure how the mower broke this time. I want to show em the feeling of a connection when the horse in training licks his lips and “gets” the day’s lesson.
When I had 1,100 parents and 3rd graders out to the farm a few weeks back, it would have been easy to be overwhelmed by the screaming and noise. Rather I was excited to hear all of the questions about the farm, crops, cattle, and dairy cows. That day took a lot of energy out of me, but it was worth it just to see the looks on the kids’ faces when they scratched a horse and goat or sat on the seat of the Big John Deere for the first time. That’s why I love fielding all those questions.
Unfortunately, everyone doesn’t have the opportunity or time to visit a farm or ranch, and farmers and ranchers are often too busy to cater to guests every day of the week. That is what is so awesome about blogging and social media. We can connect with and visit farmers and ranchers across the world. I love learning about wheat and corn production on the Plains, or beans and rice in the Delta, and cattle production in Canada and Australia. Farmers and Ranchers can answer questions and share their thoughts with guests every day though blogs and SM.
So yes guests are more than welcome to come tag along on the farm today, but when it’s more convenient, you’re always welcome to follow along and ask questions through the blog. Oh the wonders of technology…. Bringing the farm to town, and town to the farm…