I get tears in my eyes thinking about all that love about farming. I love the joy of growing food, raising animals for food and watching people grow in their jobs, when they truly “get” the importance of feeding the world. I love watching things grow! I believe farming is one of few occupations which allows a deep connection to nature and God. Farmers are constantly at the mercy of Mother Nature and they are persistently praying. They pray for rain, sun, cows, calves, pigs, sheep, chickens…and most of all they pray for their families. Most truly passionate farmers are also so selfless that they hardly ever pray for themselves.
There is so much pride in producing food for the world. At the grocery store I am so encouraged by the images of families buying dairy products or enjoying a dairy treat. I am often thanking them for consuming our foods. Dairy is such a healthy and filling food. It’s safe, nutritious, and wholesome…and at the end of the day I am more than willing to eat and drink what comes off of my farm. There is a lot of joy that comes with knowing that. What I do as a farmer matters to those who consume my products, and in turn those who consume my products matter to me. A dairyman I know, often said, “I want to be able to produce a product that a single parent household can afford to purchase and is an important part of a healthy diet”, I completely agree.
I get excited when I meet a farmer that is also excited about farming and I try to encourage farmers who are feeling beaten down by their profession and calling. Farming is not for the weak, it is for the strong, but it is for those who are strong in their passion and dedication for agriculture. Very few will know the pure joy of delivering a live calf, when it should’ve been dead. Few will know the beauty of a sunrise in the morning on a day you will be making hay. Few will know the sense of pride when you have a cow on your dairy who has lived to 12+ years old. Few will enjoy sharing with someone with no connection to agriculture at all the passion and compassion that we have for what we do every day. I love everything about dairying and farming. It might sound completely nuts, but I love even the worst day on the farm, because at least I am still doing what I love, what I am passionate about. Dairy farming is what brings tears to my eyes and a purpose and passion to my life. These are my God given skills, and I intend on using them.