Such a busy-busy week. But agriculture has been at the top of the priority list this week, as other aspects of life take a backseat. From AgQuip field days and Hereford steaks… to pregnancy testing cattle and updating office records. Time for a quick breather.
I have been reflecting on the agricultural industry, particularly the Hereford breed and the good-hearted people within this industry. I have spent 3 long days at AgQuip Gunnedah with my fellow northern NSW Hereford breeders promoting the breed quality and performance traits.
With the beautiful smell from the BBQ, cooking 4000 Hereford steaks, and tasty Hereford beef pies, satisfied customers enjoyed the daily experience. Hanging out with these passionate hard-working farming families and dedicated staff, has reminded me of the passion within them all.
Suffering from the effects of drought on-farm, yet they all found a way to be here and support the industry whole-heartedly. Whether it is just a reason to get away, promote the significant breed or share their love for the agricultural industry… it was a pleasure to see the genuine care and interest over these days.
I particularly love the camaraderie and laughs shared; the efficiency and hard-work displayed; and the hospitality and care that is extended to customers. That special factor that farmers possess… that love and passion to feed our nation… that is what stood out for me each day.
From one event to the next… pregnancy testing was on the agenda the following day. I had been feeling slightly overwhelmed and worn out. Back pain had sprung upon me again. Nevertheless, a great result in preg-testing… with 100% of the mob preg-tested in calf.
With a quick visit to the chiropractor to rectify an on-going problem, I was back on deck again. It amazes me how pain can affect your entire mood, your motivation and your enthusiasm in life. I had forgotten how my chronic pain used to make me feel. When we get pain, life does become a struggle… both physically and mentally. It must become our goal to find a solution… to give us back control of our life.
My solution was a chiropractic adjustment, magnesium oil, pain relief and muscle-strengthening stretches. Then time to catch-up on office work. Several hours later, all livestock records have been updated and stock requirements have been met. With calving season upon us, calves are being born, into not such an ideal season. With a little bit of extra livestock management and schedules… farming continues.
With agriculture monopolising my time this week, I wanted to share with you a photo taken back in April 2017 just on dusk. This is a reminder that good seasons exist and will exist again.
Rural Reflection #24…
I love this photo because it sparks feelings of happiness. Hereford happiness… cows inquisitive in nature, quiet and trusting of us… their care-takers. I like the green pastures beneath the cows and anticipate this again soon. The cultivated paddock with rich black soil, full of nutrients, represents the opportunity awaiting a better season. I also love how the sky and cloud formations tell their own story.
This photo significantly tells me that at the end of the day, there is beauty all around us, trust is in many places and hope of another day when the sun rises tomorrow. Sometimes we all just need to take a breath, open our eyes and see what is before us. What do you need to see today?
Take care, Karen.
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”
~ Thornton Wilder