We run what I call a skeleton crew on Sundays at the feed yard. One of my guys comes to work to feed the cattle both in the morning and the afternoon, and I am there in the morning to read bunks, check cattle, and exercise any pens that need it.
During the fall months we are particularly busy getting in many younger animals that take a higher level of care. I often roll my Sunday morning helper out of bed and into the car at 5:45 to provide an extra set of hands. Megan is not only good help, but her eternally sunny disposition never fails to make me smile.
One of the added bonuses of having a Sunday morning helper is that I know how many memories and life lessons Megan learns while working with me at the yard. She is developing a great level of animal savvy, and is on her way to being an excellent cattle handler. Outside of that, she also learns how important it is to follow directions and take responsibility for both her actions and the animals that we care for.
Megan is Beef Quality Assurance Certified–having attended two different trainings with our consulting veterinarian. I also try to take the time to explain BQA care practices to her as we work together at the yard. I know that hands on training is critical to her understanding and retention of the principals of good animal and environmental stewardship.
I truly cherish the time that I spend with my girls. It is a constant reminder that the best thing that I have done with my life are my three confident and compassionate daughters.