Dusty dry conditions! Drought conditions continue despite the essential production and on-farm management routines. Sometimes the depressing elements of drought, makes you feel like giving up and questioning your future in farming.
At what point is enough… enough? DAY IN… DAY OUT… farm feeding tasks continue, fencing repairs, machinery breakdowns, bills to pay, no income, increased financial strain… the juggle of it all takes its toll.
Yesterday, another decision made… cattle needed multi-vitamin treatments. Raising their calves, ready for joining to be able to produce next year’s progeny, the drought is making it tougher. But as a farmer, your livestock are your priority. Their health is optimal and your future income is in reliant on them for your survival.
Drafting cattle at the stockyards, left me in thick dust and sticky little flies. The work conditions are questionable in the big dry. Nevertheless, business as usual. When we start to stop making decisions, it becomes a problem. Just make a decision, right or wrong. It is the decision-making process that will keep us going during these tough times.
Sometimes I do question the workload, the financial burdens, the emotional and physical strain. It is at this point that I need to remind myself of why.
Why do we keep nutting away at it? Why do we persevere? Why? Why? Why?
To protect and secure the future of agriculture in our nation. To ensure Australian food security is sustained. To hold onto a legacy and an industry that we love. That is why!
My family simply love Hereford cattle. They have a passion for breeding quality cattle and producing the desired product. When you see the passion in their eyes and hope for a future, you mutually fight-the-fight alongside them.
I wanted to share this photo with you today, taken in the stockyards yesterday. You can see a beautiful mob of baby calves, quietly waiting for the process of their treatments and then to be returned to their mothers in the dry desolate paddock again.
I like this photo because I see hope. I see farm production. I see the future of agriculture in its rawest form. Future sires and future maternal females bearing the signs for breeding beef for our nation. Amongst these calves are several sets of twins, surviving the toughest conditions yet not knowing any different.
Rural Reflection #26…
The dust swirling in the background significantly depicts working conditions, yet I am grateful to still breathe every day. It is by focusing on what I am grateful for in my life, that gives me the strength to face the struggles, the decisions and the adversity in my path.
With this photo that I share today, I ask that you see in your life what you are passionate about and remember every single day what you are grateful for. Gratitude is how we can turn what we have into enough.
It is all in our own mindset. Conditions are horribly tough on-farm in a drought, it is how we react and respond within ourselves… that is the key. We cannot control the weather and many other aspects of farming, but we can control our own thoughts and reactions. Look after yourself and your family.
Take care, Karen
“Those who have the ability to be grateful
are the ones who have the ability to achieve greatness.”
~ Steve Maraboli