Our discussion revolved around pigs. A family member that is vegetarian expressed an interest in ‘saving’ all animals from slaughter. It sounds very noble to not want to kill farm animals for food. It is a hard, dirty business to be sure. The problem is it is not practical.
Twice a day, everyday of the year regardless of weather or personal inclination, livestock needs tending to. These are the realities of having animals be them house pets or farm animals.
But consider these ideas. Our society is transient. How many of us live in the same home our parents lived in, or even the one we grew up in ourselves? How many hours are you away from home everyday? How often do you travel? How long are you gone when you do travel? Do you have a summer home separate from your winter home? How about a summer cabin? Summer vacation?
So, who is going to feed the pigs? Day after day, year after year for all their long lives? And that is just pigs.
Yes, it is hard sending our cattle off to slaughter. I was thanked by a man recently for raising cattle for beef. He said that because he recognizes the fact that if cattle are not used for beef, they would be extinct! Because—who is going to feed the ‘pigs’?
Sometimes it is hard to tell. Most especially through the tiny viewfinder on the camera. I have taken photographs all my life. Which is now turning into a long time. I thought getting old would take longer.
The camera has no opinion of my age, though it does have a way of telling me my eyes are not what they used to be. Lighting can be manipulated, color, tone, etc as well. But not focus. On days I am feeling especially smarty, I tell folks I meant for that photo to be out of focus!
I took a photography class not long ago. The instructor said if our photos are not shared, but most especially not printed, our photography is incomplete. So I have decided to regularly post some of the photos that folks seem to like.
It would be a great joy if you would comment and share some of your photos as well. Include stories associated with photograph, if you like. Which one do you like, and why? I appreciate the feedback.
This is a legitimate question to one who is not familiar with this procedure. It seems so awful, and cruel towards the horse at first glance. Sometimes not everything is as it seems. In the horse world it is called “floating a horses’ teeth.” It can be a life saver for neglected horses because these painful, sharp tooth points interfere with eating and drinking.
Horses teeth do not stop growing over their life. The expression “long in the tooth”, comes from the horse world. An old horse is described as being ‘long in the tooth’ because their teeth grow longer as they age. Because of this growth, horses need regular dental care. This procedure is called ‘floating the teeth’. In simple terms it is like filing one’s fingernails. Floating grinds down the sharp, uneven surfaces of the teeth. Many times sharp, painful points are formed on the teeth. In the above photo, Dr. Rhode is feeling around Duke’s mouth to find the sharp points. These points are what need grinding down. They can cause pain in the mouth when eating, and could cause problems with digestion as well.
Horses are sedated before the procedure is started. In the above photo Duke is obviously not feeling too much pain. A bright light is attached to the mouthpiece that holds his jaw open. In the below photo, it has been circled in a green marker.
His heavy, sedated head is resting on a sling. A close look in the above photo shows Tracy’s gloved hand holding the pole steady. Tracy said Duke was very good because he did not shake his head from side to side, which makes for a very difficult job. I was very thankful.
After the points had been ground down, tarter was removed from his canines. This was the last thing to do. Duke’s dental appointment was over. Good, good horse. Great vet and assistant.
I am not able to post the video for some reason. It can been seen on my Instagram account @primaryfarmoperator.
History Note: Before hand tools were available for this job, it had to be done by the vet with big heavy files by hand!
I tell folks I like to take photographs. That is about as far as I dare myself to go. To call myself a photographer is just too big. To be a photographer one must know what one is doing, know their camera inside and out (not!), and how to get just the right image.
It is a big title—a photographer. Same as calling oneself a painter—oh my! It is true some of my photos have won prizes, in small shows. I do sell note cards with images I thought would look pretty on cards, and a couple photos hang in the homes of kind folks.
So the main reason I take photographs is because I cannot paint it! This post is to share with you photos I have taken. It will be a joy should they bring a smile to your face or recall a pleasant memory. Please let me know the ones you like! It is always fun seeing which ones ‘speak’ to folks. They all tell a story of some sort, yes? Share your thoughts with this amateur you-know-what.
Note: This blog was written on Saturday, May 12, 2018. In my haste to get it out, I failed to press the ‘Publish’ button. I was out of town and was not able to get it out. So, I send it now with belated Happy Mother’s Day wishes. Though late, the wishes are still heartfelt for mother’s everywhere.
Motherhood. Not the popular, most celebrated occupation; pay is not great; hours are long, and many times lonely; no gossip magazines producing glamorous photos of it; or waiting in line to interview those working diligently in this occupation. Yes, it seems to be a rather unpopular profession. It takes guts to be a mother.
Yet for those that want to embrace it to the fullest, it is an occupation of joy, riches, and times never to be had again. Life is ephemeral. Childhood is too. It is an exciting way to go into a time one will never see. That is through our children. So as you celebrate being a mommy or grandmother today, enjoy! Give this not-so-popular profession a thank you for all it has offered to you through your momma and to all it offers to your children because of you!
Happy Mother’s Day! Here are flowers from our farm sent specially for YOU! Happy Mother’s Day!!
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sailaway from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain
Two urban mothers that post about organic, made-from-scratch recipes, fermented foods, canning escapades, diy projects, crafts, fun things we do with our kids, gardening and anything else that catches our interest.