Details of daily life on the farm. Covers some of the things that have to be done.
Life on the farm is not an easy life, but it is a good one. Living on and running a farm is not right for some people. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to live and work a farm. It is not like a 40 hour a week job, there is stuff to be done 24hours a day, 7 days a week. You have to put forth a lot of effort to maintain your farm.
There is many things that have to be done each day on a farm. It depends on whether you raise livestock or just crops. Either way it is still a lot of work, but a very fulfilling way of life. Here is a brief description of my life on the farm. The days are very long and there is always something to do.
My day starts off usually at 5:00 a.m. First thing I do is head off to check on the livestock. I feed all of the chickens first, and make sure their pens are okay. Then it is off to the hog lots, to check and see how much corn I need to put into their feeders. It is quite a job carrying 100lb bags of corn, to pour into 5' high round feeders. This must be done, especially when you have about 300 head waiting for you. Usually feeding the pigs and cleaning their pens takes a few hours.
Now it is usually 9:00 a.m to 10:00 a.m, and time to head off to the cattle pasture. I have a nice angus herd of about 150 brood cows. I have to make sure they have plenty of hay rolls. I get on the tractor and carry hay into the pasture to put in the hay rings. Then I put out new salt blocks and supplement. I also have to give some calves or cows medication sometimes. Then I check to see if any more calves have been born. I also do a head count to make sure nothing happened to any of the herd. It is usually lunch time by now, so I head back in for a nice big lunch that my wife has prepared.
After lunch it is back to the stables to check on the horses. They have to be fed and watered. Then I try to brush them at least twice a week. I also check to see if any needs shoeing, and I clean the stables out. I also turn them out into the pastures to let them run for the rest of the day.
The rest of the day is spent mending fences and checking fences. I also have to get a list of what feed and supplies I need for a trip to the feed store. I also try to do all of my paperwork for the day. A farm is run like a business you need to keep track of all expenses and all other records.
If it is crop season you also have more to do. You have to get the fields ready for planting. This requires a lot of time on the tractor. There is plowing, disking, and other things that have to be done before planting. Then at harvest time you have to harvest your crops, get it stored. It is also time to cut and haul hay. This is all very hard work, but it is all part of farming.
It is a hard life being a farmer. It takes a lot of your time. It is a great life though, you make a living for yourself. That is why you do all of these things, because you depend on all of these things to make a living. The rewards come at the end of the day when you can sit back and relax. You get to look around at all you accomplished. Then when it is time, you carry your products and livestock to market. You now get paid for all the hard work you did. This is just a few of the things that have to be done each day. There is many more things to keep you busy. This is just a typical day in the life of a farmer.