Feeding a nation
Everyone eats three times a day and of course, that is down to a farmer. Whether a person has butter on their bread in the morning, a slice of beef for dinner, a drop of milk in their tea or a chicken stir-fry, whatever may satisfy your taste buds, it all comes back to farm production. If you ate today, thank a farmer.
Farmers have the responsibility of feeding the whole entire globe, comprising of over 7.4 billion people! We bet you didn’t think of it in this way before!
Hats off to the men and women who rise before the crack of dawn every morning regardless if they are battling the flu and feel on the verge of death as a result, in order to feed the nation.
Surely you couldn’t get people much better than these?
Dedication to their work
Unfortunately, with farming there is no clocking in and out, you never know how much time you are required to input and you don’t know how much those lambs or drystock are going to come into when they go to the factory.
You are unaware of the outcome when the feet appear during a calving case and from one day to a next you really never know what the farm has in store for you. It is different with other professions, ways of life, whatever way you want to classify it. Compare that to the life of someone who works 9-5! It puts things into perspective.
Sleepless nights, withdrawing from social events, going without their dinner, these are only a string of tasks that farmers do in order to provide for their animals. That deserves recognition.
Delivery of new life into the world
If you are like me, there is nothing quite like the feeling of satisfaction following the delivery of a new-born calf. Nothing beats seeing a young calf stumbling to their feet within minutes or birth or suckling from their mother for the first time.
In cases where you have to seek the calving- jack or expertise of a Veterinary practitioner, you are assisting with the delivery and welcoming of new life into the world.
It’s like as if you become the midwife of the farming world!
Shows motivation throughout
The motivation a farmer shows has to be noted. When people don’t succeed in getting their product to market, they often switch jobs.
When you deliver a dead calf or lamb, lose a heifer in a drain or the rain ruins the silage crop, a farmer has a plan B at the ready and doesn’t pack up their bags and move to the city.
I mean like they say once you fall off the horse get back up again. That’s literally the motto of a farmer’s life.
Only a farmer you say. More than just a farmer I say.
So what about fixing broken down machinery, delivering and nursing new-borns, feeding cattle? Take muck, calves and tractors out of the situation for one second. Flip that coin. If you feed people, you’re a chef. If you mend machinery, you are a mechanic. If you deliver babies, you are a midwife! A farmer wears several hats, don’t argue!
You’re your own Meteorologist!
Like I’ve previously said, farmers have many talents up their sleeve. Weather, of course, is something that Irish farmers are obsessed what. But let’s face it, the weather has to be monitored, as it influences what jobs can be conducted on the farm for the next day or forthcoming week.
Farmers know when the raindrops are going to arrive and that the next morning is going to be a hardy one when a layer of frost appears on the silage covering. They monitor everything and know when that bale of silage in the field has to be brought in on a June evening when the drop of rain promised is not so distant anymore!
They don’t need to flick on any news channel to monitor the Red sky at night, shepherd's delight either.
Always expanding your knowledge
Recalling the periods of history when we made the tradition from the working-horse to the tractor, to the world becoming dominated by technology and the introduction of the World Wide Web, let’s face it there is always something to be learned.
The thing is with being a farmer, that you are learning something new daily and you don’t even know it.
Let it be an escaped heifer, to a prolapse in a ewe or mending a broken-down machine, farmers utilise their initiative and try their hand at anything.
Learn from your mistakes and apply your pre-existing knowledge. That’s the way a farmer looks upon life. Not all classrooms have four walls we say!
Working with Nature
Surely there is nothing quite like working with nature such a beautiful and diverse creation. Working with trees, animals, crops, hedge-rows, the land and making a living out of it. Now, that is an art within itself!
You can turn cow manure into grass
Keeping along the same lines of working with nature, imagine having the ability to use an animal waste as a fertiliser and produces highly leafy, digestible herbage.
Farmers really do make use of available natural resources to their advantage, even if they seem not so useful.
Balancing a Workload
‘A farmers work is never done.’ It’s an old one but a true one for sure. With unexpected eventualities occurring on the farm, farmers ensure they make the most of their hours before they hit the stack. From husbandry tasks to attending family events, farmers manage to squeeze it in somehow! That can include cattle break-outs into the neighbourhood too. We often have to question how farmers can strike a balance and keep everyone happy!