Monday, October 3, 2011

A Little Patience and a Big Dose of Reality!

        The only limit to our realization of to-morrow
         will be our doubts of to-day.

                               Franklin Delano Roosevelt

 I sit here watching My Hero creep ever so slowly over the wet grass in the rain heading to the barnyard. The cows and the stockers are standing there looking at us. I knew this day was coming but I still find it hard.
 We have to ship our stockers to the Sales Barn to make money to pay the bills that have accumulated over the year. I love my new energy efficient windows and this chunk of land we call home. Taxes, maintenance, etc., etc. This is reality. This is our business.
 I watch as he walks up behind them and tries to shut the gate. Most times they just stand there, but not today. They know, they always know. Off they go, they will be back.
 My Hero jumps on the tractor and drives down the laneway, he has given up for the moment. We try to make this as stress free for the cattle, and ourselves as we can. This has always worked for us. We treat our animals with the respect they deserve; I know that sounds funny but those who farm will understand this. This has always worked for us. It happens when it happens. It has always been out of our hands, and placed into theirs. I have no idea why this works but it does. They will come and wait in the barnyard, when the time is right. It has always worked that way and we take our sign from them.
 No stress, no pressure. Here they come again, maybe it will happen today, or maybe not till next week, the ball is in their court. Who are we to question why this works?

 And so it is done the stockers walked into the corral in the barnyard. We sorted the ones to go, and the ones to stay. There was no yelling, or chasing, just stress free moving. They walk into the barn, and munch on the hay, and water we have placed in there.
 We decide not to send them to the Sales Barn it can be stressful for them. We will call our drover and he will buy them for his feedlot. We know we will be getting less money for them this way but we know where they are going, they will be treated well.
 Now we prepare to do it all over again; there are new calves to be born soon, and a new bull to find. This is the circle of our business, like it or not.



  1. Sale day is sad. We always wish we could keep more. I understand.

  2. I grew up on a small family farm (not for profit) and even though we only fed and cared for ourselves, it was sad the days the animals gave themselves for us... but we were kind and grateful for their lives and contribution to ours... thank you for such a thoughtful post.

  3. Well now you will have a good time looking for a new bull...then later the birth of your calves, each with a name :)
    Always sadness to see sell them, but that's the way it is on the farm.
    Your friend M xoxox

  4. Though not quite the same I feel the same way when we sell one of my trailers...we put so much of ourselves in them...those darn taxes!

  5. I know that I could not do this. At least you have treated them with respect....

  6. {sigh} i am glad for your compassionate treatment...

  7. It's so hard to send them, I know...Jenna went through this on Friday night on a SMALL scale with her goats at the fair. It's part of the process, but even so, it's difficult.

  8. I love the way you handle this -- such a difficult thing to do but necessary. I admire your attitude towards the process and your animals.

  9. I love the way you approach this!

  10. A hard time for sure but I'm glad you have found ways to make it less stressful than it could be.

  11. Life is sometimes sad. Some people think farmers are heartless. The truth is very different.

  12. My parents ran a slaughterhouse when I was a kid. When our calf came through I would have to go and hide til it was over because I would cry. But like you say, it is part of it.

  13. Truly a day in the life of a farmer!!!

    We are havestin' our corn crop right after it dropped two dollars due to the propped up market report. This year the corn is our...'cash' crop!


    God bless ya and have a super day sweetie!!!

  14. It's never easy to say goodbye, our kids are in 4H and have learned that by auctioning off their project animal at the county fair. Sorry to see them go. Good luck finding a bull, and babies will be here before you know it!

  15. Yep same here. We like our cows to go somewhere where we know the people. It is hard enough as it is and making sure that if we have to sell them, they go somewhere where the treat them the same as we would, that makes a big difference.

    Hope you have a great week! Big hugs from Indiana

  16. You did a great job of describing sale day. People assume that it is a ruthless business. Not so. I hope you get a good price. They look plump and uniform.

  17. Another peek into the world of ranching.... A thoughtful peek.

    Blessings, Debbie

  18. You've both such a wonderful way with your animals. It's always been obvious the way you write about them in your posts, however, this post really highlights that. You're both such good people.


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