Thursday, January 10, 2019

... and a moo-moo here... and a moo-moo there....




You all probably know "old Mc.Donalds had a farm"-song and at one point cows came into play. That also happened in my life. I got a job as a farmhand on a dairy farm! And that is exacty why my blog has been kind of dead these past 2 months. I am dead too, when I get home....
It is hard work; work I was totally unfamiliar with, but I am loving it! I like being around cows. Turns out I have a soft spot for them and by now I am pretty much used to being around and in cowshit all day. And that's no bullshit!



There is something deeply satisfying watching cows contently munching away...
During the past month or so I have experienced pretty every aspect working on a farm with livestock; the fun (wrestling with haybales) and the dirty (scraping the cows boxes and standing up to my thighs in manure for 2 hours), the joyous (witnessing calves being born and seeing them frolic about) and the sad (cows being sick, necessitating putting them down or witnessing a cesarean section, producing a hideously deformed calf. I'll spare you the details. Google schisosomus reflexus, but be warned! No pretty pictures!!) I love the diversity of tasks; from animal care to fixing plumbing or driving an old rickety tractor from a workshop back home for 2 hours on a cold, but wonderfull sunny day. Downside was the large glass window in the back was missing and I had to take bumpy backroads all the way....
And like I said, I like being around cows. I am amused to see all their own personalities, their nosyness, their pigheadedness, especially when they have to get up, when I need to clean their spot. I swear they even shake their heads at me! "No, I don't want to get up!" And there is one calf that has been born blind. I have a special place for her. Because she can't see, she is not as skittish as other calves and thus is easier to approach. When she smells me, she stretches her neck and wants to be scratched.
I also catch myself that I am constantly talking to the animals, whenever I have to move among them or are near them. I also next to always run a hand along a flank or neck, when I pass them. I think it is important to make such contact, but I noticed I do so without actually thinking about it. It happens automatically.




Just another view from the office.... Can't beat that!

And in the meantime winter decided to finally show up. It has been and still is unusually mild for the time of year (and for the first time i do not really mind), but we did have snow for christmas!




1 comment:

  1. Did your dogs ever settle down? I remember when you were having a tough time with them. I agree. Work with animals is very satisfying. They're straight ahead and always exactly what they are and no subterfuge, duplicity, dishonesty. I wish we were in our Place so I could go ahead and get all the animals I want but, alas, we aren't so I have to wait a bit longer.

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