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Animal Lover

7 Apr

Today I got the chance to venture to the outskirts of Springfield and bottle feed a calf for the first time. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect since I’d never done it before. When I arrived we filled up each bottle with a mixture of formula and water. I went to the barn and got my first glimpse at the cute babies They were adorable! Bottle feeding is exactly what it sounds like, I just held the bottle while the calf drank. As I was watching the babies drink from the bottle, I couldn’t help but think of the extent of care that farmers and ranchers give their animals. The fact that these farmers and ranchers take the time to give bottles to these calves every morning and night is simply amazing! I’ll never understand how groups such as the HSUS and PETA insist that agriculturalists don’t take good care of our animals.

My best friend growing up raised cows and horses, so I’ve been around livestock all my life. I watched her dad pour his life into taking care of their animals and he did an amazing job of it. As for the horses, you will never find someone more in love with her horses. We were constantly brushing and feeding them making sure they were happy and well taken care of. We once stayed up an entire night with a horse just to be able to be there when the horse gave birth. Seeing that little animal take her first wobbly steps is a sight I will never forget. It’s these memories that I will never forget that have made me want to stand up for agriculture. I can’t stand to see people making false accusations about animal agriculture, when they know nothing about it.

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So God Made a Farmer…

4 Feb

As I sat around the TV on Sunday like most of the country I was glued to the screen as soon as the commercials came on. While there were a lot of good ones this year, Dodge’s was by far the best. When I heard Paul Harvey’s voice come on I was intrigued, but as soon as I realized it was about farmers I got very excited. Since yesterday, I’ve watched that commercial 5 times, and every time the impact is just as big. The combination of a radio icon like Paul Harvey and the simpleness of this commercial drives home the importance of farmers in our world today. As I checked my twitter timeline and Facebook feed I realized how differently people were reacting. While those who came from rural towns like mine praised it in adoration, those who came from urban backgrounds complained that it was “boring and stupid”. It just showed me how different people can interpret things based on where they are from.

Personally I loved the commercial I thought it was an excellent way to get agriculture attention in the media, and Dodge did an excellent job of promoting it in a positive light. Perhaps my favorite part though is when the pictures of the little girl in the field and the son wanting to take over his father’s farm. It drives home the fact that farming isn’t just an occupation, or a way to make money. These farmers love what they do and love providing food for the world that they live in. They often work more than they get paid and make personal sacrifices in order to do what they love. Farming isn’t just plowing fields and raking hay, it is a passion that burns within each person who works the farm.These men, women, and even children give up their time and effort to provide the world with food to eat. But how does the world repay them? Many accuse these amazing men and women of being cruel to their animals. The farmer is feeding more today than ever and is being repaid with lawsuits and false accusations. The farmer is a rare and special breed. I guarantee most of the people fighting to end animal agriculture wouldn’t survive a day on the farm. These people who are attacking agriculture and farmers know nothing of the hard work and passion that is in each farmer.

I was astounded to read posts mocking Dodge’s commercial saying, “God needed a boring Super Bowl commercial, so God made a farmer” the only thing that I could think was, do these people have any idea where the food they are eating right now came from? Do they realize those chips, wings, hotdogs, ect. wouldn’t be possible without a farmer. Do they realize the agriculture industry employs about 22 million people? (agday.org) Most people do not understand the vast impact that agriculture has on society, and it is these people who are telling the story of agriculture for us.

This commercial was a huge step in telling the beautiful story of the farmer and I applaud Dodge for their work. However, its only the beginning. Things like this need to be seen by people daily. Agriculture should be constantly seen in everyday life. Just like the work of a farmer, our agvocating is never finished, there is always more people to tell, and more knowledge to be learned.

“It had to be somebody who’d plow deep and straight and not cut corners. Somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed, and brake, and disk, and plow, and plant, and tie the fleece and strain the milk, . Somebody who’d bale a family together with the soft, strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh, and then sigh and then reply with smiling eyes when his son says that he wants to spend his life doing what Dad does. “So God made a farmer.” -Paul Harvey