During the summer months, my feed yard crew works on maintenance projects that the weather precludes us from doing during the winter. One of our main projects this summer is building new fence in our receiving/shipping/cattle working corral. This week, we began painting the fence to help “weatherize” it.
My daughters, in addition to my graduate student intern from the University of Nebraska, all added onto the regular crew to work on this popular task. It is amazing what comes up when a diverse group of smart minds spend hours performing manual labor tasks…
At one point, my favorite blonde cowgirl announced “Mom, you should write a blog post about reliability because it is the most important quality in an animal caregiver.” As I thought about her statement and the explanation that followed, I realized how truly perceptive she is.
Reliability provides the basis to being a good animal caregiver — from showing up to work on time every day, to working diligently and carefully to provide good feed and animal care, to consistently demonstrating calm leadership to the animals — my cattle rely on us every day of the year. They don’t tolerate excuses, instead they inspire responsible diligence.
The Feed Yard Foodie