I just viewed the CTV Morning Show Live from the Dan Howell family farm in the Disley area.
Hi Low Angus creating a positive picture of the livestock industry and what it takes to manage the business of raising cattle and working the land.
On Lewis & Evans this morning, I mentioned that there is no job description for the farmer or rancher.
Up early. Check cows, feed cows.
Start up equipment, fix something, pay your bills, forecast the weather. Make sure that the water bowl is working, the livestock is fit. Do you have any calves. Look after them; are they sucking, do they appear to be healthy, what’s their birth weight. Did the mother cow accept them!
Oh wait, did it snow last night! Do we have enough rolled oats and chop to feed. What about the hay – how’s that looking right now.
Do I have to go to town to get groceries for our own fridge! Wait, did those new calves get tagged and marked in the book!?
How about the sheep, chickens, pigs, goats or whatever else might be part of your daily routine.
Now there’s crop rotation for this spring. What is going to happen there.
What are the prices like today. Should I hold off on moving the canola or keep back some wheat. When are we getting the grain cleaned and is the truck road worthy – what kind of winter did the equipment have.
OH BY THE WAY – When do I need to cash in some RSP’s to pay for the tractor, combine or whatever might be needing to be replaced.
There is no Job Description – it is how steady are your nerves, how strong is your heart and how much strength do you have in your back for all the heavy lifting.
Farming and ranching can make or break you on different levels. That’s why family backing and support is important.
On AG DAY, I pay tribute to the lifestyle which some of us grew up in. I love the lessons it gave me and wish that I was more hands on. The offer is always there.
A tip of the hat to all of you who continue to keep the legacy of family farms going. Big or small this is an honorable place to be in our society.
Some farming practices are true science, while others have been passed from generation to generation. Some are tried and true, others are a shot in the dark and could be ground breaking.
True innovators and inventors are based from a farm background, this I am sure.
Happy AG DAY