Yesterday as we were heading to church we found a yearling heifer out of her pasture. Now she was trotting down the road and was obviously upset that she was by herself. It was also apparent that she knew she had come from the pasture she was running along but she couldn’t find her way back into the pasture. Now we knew that we may not be able to find her when we came home and she was trotting right past a gate so we stopped to put her back. Initially she was very spooked of my rancher hubby leaving the car and directing her back toward the gate. However, when he got slightly ahead of her and she stopped, you could actually see her start to think. She paused and then crossed the road to the other side. Still pretty concerned that hubby was slowing following her, she slowed down to a walk. As she got closer to the gate she saw that it was open and headed right for it. Once she was in the pasture, she took off at a trot to find the rest of the herd. She had a confident gait, like she had just left the group over the hill and it wouldn’t take her long to get back to them. As we got back in the car and drove the 3 miles to the highway we noticed that she had been all along our lane. She was searching for a way back. She had gone through an open gate into another pasture but there weren’t any other cattle in it. No wonder she was upset, she’d traveled pretty far. As hubby and I drove on we paralleled several thoughts to what we as humans do on our own. Many people when faced with being alone or on their own are as upset as this heifer looked that day. They only want to get back, They push and shove and step on boundaries to be able to ‘regroup’ and be with others like them. I have visited with people who only want to find others who are ‘like’ them. They push so hard to be right and are unable to listen to another’s point of view. This heifer could have adapted to being on her own. She would have had to become comfortable with that idea ..sometimes with cattle and people that never happens. Some people become so tried of others unwillingness to be open to ideas that they shut themselves away. Or they chose a life that would have specific boundaries and they never challenge those. We both mentioned our great grandfathers who came to the Sandhills as settlers. What tremendous courage and perseverance they had, to leave what they were accustomed to and comfortable with. To go to the Sandhills and start with very little and a whole lot of unknown. Their reliance on themselves and their family was tremendous, their roots ran deep because of what they had sacrificed to keep their little piece of ‘heaven’. This is the heritage that both Cash and I have come from. When we became managers we also were on uncertain ground and had to learn what to do. Our roots began to run deep into the soil and the lives of those who had sacrificed before us. In the uncertain economic times that we are living in today, once again we are learning to dig deep and allow those roots to hold us and to teach us about perseverance. Agriculture as a whole is learning to tell their story, to become active participants in opening dialogue with others who don’t enjoy our way of life. There is a great deal of misinformation and untruths being propagated by extremist groups. No industry is perfect but a large majority of agriculture is families tending to cattle and soil that was been entrusted to them by those who have sacrifice generations before. If you’d like to know who to ‘follow’ or ‘friend ‘within the ag community visit this site Ag Chat Foundation – http://agchat.org/ . I’m learning to share our lives and tell our story – don’t want to be the only cow left in the pasture wondering where everyone went :)
Who I am :)I'm a ranch wife of 28 years and loving every day. We have three grown sons and have one son home to continue our ranching heritage. My husbands family has owned this ground for over 62 years and my family has been in ranching for over 70 years. I love my heritage in ranching and the strong Christian values I have been raised with and have passed to our sons. ENJOY!!
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