Farm Glossary

Auction: A place where someone’s useless junk is exchanged for money and moves to another location. This process is repeated in approximately a decade.

Eclectic fence: We are all used to e-l-e-c-t-r-i-c fences. But an e-c-l-e-c-t-i-c fence is one which started as a perfectly spaced work of perimeter art consisting of a predictable pattern of fence posts and all strands consist of the same wire as the others. Over time, this fence has been repaired with a motley assortment of whatever was in the back of the pickup and now sports sections of twine, chain, several species of wire, splices, and temporary [permanent] posts. [See: header photo of this blog]

Gate: A hinged section of fence that is apparently very difficult to close. Open gates emit a noise that can attracts cows (but cannot be heard by anyone else) as far as a mile away.

Sweet corn: A favorite food of ear worms, raccoons, and cows….and, occasionally, the farm family.


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
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3 Responses to Farm Glossary

  1. fishing rod says:

    Hi, thanks for sharing.

  2. Pingback: The Cows Came Home | Fence Post Diaries

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