July 9, 2010
Imagine, dear reader, that you raise livestock. We won’t describe what type of livestock, but just that they are yours, you are responsible for them, and they depend upon you.
Now every day you must go out to their pen and provide feed and water for them. You must maintain sanitary conditions by removing their waste. And you must generally keep the place clean and tidy.
The animals under your care will more than likely being trying to reproduce. Unless you keep them separated, so you must make provision for the arrival of new livestock. If the weather is inclement this may involve artificial light and/or heat. Smaller waterers and/or feeders, so the big guys don’t help themselves.
Will you grow the feed or will you purchase it? Do your critters require haircuts? Brushing? Certainly they need exercise, and if you don’t do it, who will? And then again, there is the evening feeding and watering cycle.
The fine folks that raise your food do this every day of the year. No calling in sick, no vacation, no *weekend off*, every day. This is one of the biggest differences between farm life and metropolitan life. In order to keep the meat counter at the grocery store full, someone is out there, tending their critters.