- I learned it is better to point out that lame
heifer to a buyer rather than wait for the buyer to find
her in the herd-or worse, not find her.
- I learned the importance of giving to those in
their hour of need. It could be taking a casserole to
someone's home after a funeral or combing the wheat
field of a farmer who has been injured.
LIFE & DEATH
- I've seen calves, lambs, pigs, puppies,
and kittens born, often right before my eyes. But I also
witnessed death and the harshness of nature before I was
three years old.
- I've seen my Dad get off his tractor to move
a bird's nest out of the way so he could cultivate the
FAITH - I've watched the planting of tiny seed and had
the assurance that they would sprout and make a good
crop. I've watched a newborn calf struggle to its feet
and understood this fragile animal would grow into a
WORK ETHIC -
I remember looking out at a field full of
hay bales and wondering if we would ever get them
unloaded and hauled into the barn. I came to realize
that if you work steadily and stick to it those bales
will slowly disappear from the field.
PATIENCE - I know everything happens according to
nature's schedule. We can't speed it up or slow it down;
we can only work within its
The PROGRESSIVE FARMER Magazine, a column written by
Editor Jack Odle.