A Farm Mom….

In honor of Mother’s Day 2011, here is my tribute to farm mothers (including mine)

A Farm Mom….

–can bandage a child’s knee, splint a baby bird’s broken leg, and dehorn a calf

–will build a campfire, build a doghouse, and build a child’s self-esteem by letting them think that they built it

–can tuck in a sleepy child, setup a box in the basement for runt piglets, and bed down a pen of cattle

–will drive a mini-van, drive a tractor, and can drive in a steel fencepost

–cooks a meal for ten men, balances livestock rations, and can feed orphaned kittens with a syringe

–owns a string of pearls, insulated coveralls, and a fencing tool

–can recite five generations of cattle pedigrees from memory, organize the work schedule for the church dinner, and remember each child’s favorite meal

–puts a bouquet of wild “flowers” in her best crystal vase, assures hubby he bought the best bull at the sale, and compliments her mother-in-law’s cooking

–can order fertilizer from the co-op, cookies from the Girl Scouts, and lingerie from Victoria’s Secret

–can change a baby’s diaper, haul a load of manure to the field, and make mudpies with her pre-schooler

I hope all you farm moms out there have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

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About jheem

I grew up on a diversified dairy farm in southeast South Dakota where I learned how to throw a hay bale, pull a calf, deal with death, and "name" the cows. I was in 4H and FFA, and was privileged to serve as a state FFA officer. In college, I studied animal science, focusing on beef cows, mostly because I figured they were less work than dairy cows....I ended up with a Masters Degree in ruminant nutrition and went to work for the University of Nebraska, first as a research tech coordinating data collection for a swine unit and beef feedlot on a research farm and then as an extension educator. In my current job, I focus on environmental issues related to animal agriculture (which is a nice way of saying I talk about manure alot). My husband and I live and work on a seedstock cattle operation in northeast Nebraska. You can learn more about our cattle operation by visiting my husband's blog at http://aldersonangus.wordpress.com.
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