Being a farmer is brutal. Doing all that manual labor, growing crops, smacking around the livestock, and shoveling poo must be rough. Dealing with the poop is probably the thing that really makes me appreciate farmers. They can handle that smell of hay mixed with manure. It’s so brutal. I know you probably get used to it after a while, but the smell of animal feces can really singe my nose hairs. Have you ever smelt a pig farm before? Dear Lord! That scent is so indescribably awful.
I’m not much of a fan of farms, but I visited one last weekend. For months and months, my five year old son, Ivan, has been asking to visit a farm because his 4K class went on a field trip to one. We went there on Saturday to buy pumpkins, but we took in a lot of the other activities too. We enjoyed a tractor ride, the kids all rode on a horse, and the most fun was catching chickens. Did you know that you can walk up behind a chicken, and snatch them up. They flap their wings a little sometimes, but mostly, they just sit in your hands.
The strangest part was when our whole family went into a small barn with a milking cow. This old lady was by the cow, and she let each one of our kids have a turn milking it. The cow, we’ll call her Bessie, because I call every cow that name, was a cranky beast. After my kids milked the cow, the old lady did too. The only problem was Ol’ Bessie tried to kick the lady. The lady got really mad, stood up, and punched the cow in the ribs. The cow appropriately responded to the attack by taking a huge dump. My kids laughed and laughed as the lady grabbed a pitchfork to clean up after Bessie. The stench of manure was so powerful, my eyes were burning when we evacuated the barn.
I don’t know if punching cows is a normal, nor do know if cows poop in protest when they are punched, but thank goodness I don’t have to clean the poo.
P.S. Farmers, if you’re out there. Is it normal to punch the livestock? I’ve only been out there with the cattle a few times and on two occasions, with two separate farmers, they punched the cows.