Agriculture

Back to the Future

Confession: A few weeks ago I watched Back to the Future I and II for the first time.

It got me thinking, I wish I could go back in time to when we first began this farming adventure a whole two and a half years ago, so I could tell you all about the interesting things we’ve been through. Like, the first time I put up an electric fence with my husband a few weeks after we got married (we should have done it before, it would have been a good premarital counseling class), the time I forgot to plug the fence in and the bull got out, the other time he got out, or the time I ran across the farmyard chasing calves with a shower cap on my head…I could go on.

Our herd began with a small orphaned beef feedlot heifer calf (female who hasn’t had a baby) that my husband brought home for me before we were engaged. I convinced a bank to take a chance on me and bought 7 additional black Angus and Angus crossed young stock off Craigslist.

That day we brought them home I’ll never forget. We backed the trailer up, opened the gate and let them out to the pasture praying they would learn their boundaries. Have I mentioned we farm in the middle of a subdivision?

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At first it was a huge adrenaline rush then panic set in when I realized I hadn’t a clue what I was doing. What did I know about raising beef cattle? Not much.

Much like the day we brought home our son this past July. There it was again, that adrenaline rush then panic because I realized I hadn’t a clue what I was doing.

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Now almost 8 months in, I’ve learned keeping another human alive is easy, loving him is easy, it’s the part about raising him to be a good person I’m worried about.

Knowing what I know now about raising cattle and having a baby, if I could go back in time I would, but I wouldn’t change anything because all those hard parts are just lessons I had to learn.

Instead, I would tell myself, “It’s going to be okay, surround yourself with good people, ask questions, take it day by day and everything will turn out just fine. Your wallet may be a little more empty but your heart will be so full.”

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