It’s been about two weeks since I started farming with my family. It has been an interesting two weeks that is for sure. I feel pretty good about it and I have definitely learned a lot already. I went into this knowing that I would have a lot to learn, I mean I know a lot about dairies and a little about row cropping. I just don’t know all the details to everything that needs to be done on a working farm. Dairy farming is complicated, way more complicated than most people realize. I have a feeling that I will continue to learn stuff from now on. So really quick here are a few of the lessons that I have learned:
- Always open the gates before you try to move cattle. See I have this problem where I want to get this stuff done and I want it done now, well this caused me a lot of trouble. I tried to run a couple cows up into the milk barn from the maternity barn, only I didn’t open any gates first. This made a big mess where I almost lost the cows out of the barn. Soooo from now on I set everything up first before I try to get the job done.
- Slow down and caress the tractors. Laugh it sounds funny, but this is true. I wasted a lot of time, because I was jerking knobs and pushing levers with all my might. Again I need to slow down and take my time to get the job done.
- Start early and work hard. I had to plant 80 acres of corn and pretty much without my usual support(my hubby). I am not going to claim that I know everything and my hubby always sets me up and gets me started. It was scary to try to do it without him, but I started early. I tried to pace myself and just work hard at it. Guess what I got it finished and I feel accomplished.
- Organization goes a long way. I am not the most organized person on the planet, but I do realize organization is really important. My hope is that we can get more organized at the dairy. I know it won’t be perfect and it is going to take some time.
- I’m happy. I can’t tell you guys how happy I am right this minute. There are going to be some rough and hard days. Days that I might go home crying, but I am so happy.