Off to work!
Getting a chance to cowboy is a dream come true for me. Like a lot of young boys, it’s something I have always wanted to do and now, here in the last half of my life, I get that chance. For me it’s a dream come true, but for the folks I day work for, it’s been their life, and the life of their father and grandfather before them. When you look at ranching thru their eyes you begin to understand how hard it is and the tough decisions they have to make everyday.
We are having a little rain this morning here on the ranch. We have not seen any in a long time and for that reason, many of my neighbors have to sell off some or all of their cattle. You may be thinking, so what’s the big deal? Many, most of them, have been putting together a herd of cattle that know the land that they graze on. You may not know this, but in this country it takes time for a cow to learn where water is, where the best places are to graze etc. That all takes time, a year or two, then to have to let them go cause there is not enough grass to feed them, well, it’s heart breaking to the rancher.
I’ve been helping my neighbor the past couple of days, gather his cattle to take to the sale. For me it’s easy, that’s my job to bring them in and get them sorted. For my boss and friend, it’s not easy.
So tip your hat to the rancher or farmer who has spent his or her life, making sure we have food on our plate. Sure, he does it to make a buck, a living, but there is more to it for them, something hard to explain, and harder to watch.
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