Spring Break on a Family Farm

For most college students Spring Break is a time for beaches and booze.

For me, however, its a time to catch up on some much needed work around the farm.

Don’t get me wrong, my family does a great job caring for our livestock while I’m at school.

That doesn’t stop my dad from finding ways to keep me busy while I’m home this week. In fact, I’m pretty sure he’s been planning Spring Break chores for me for quite some time.

Since being home I’ve spent almost all of my time in my “work jeans.”

Sunday morning we castrated some of our male piglets. Castration is important because if the boars are left intact their meat will have an odor and a foul taste.    

We castrate boars while they are young so that it is not as stressful on the animal and they can recover faster.

The afternoon was spent giving a booster shot to 40 of our stocker calves.

This vaccination (Bovi-Shield Gold) will prevent respiratory illnesses in the herd and help the cattle stay healthy.

On Monday my siblings returned to school and my dad returned to work. My mom and I took turns during the day going out the hog barn to check on the pigs.

Since we have over 30 show piglets right now we basically live at the barn. It is crucial to keep a close eye on the piglets to catch any illnesses or injuries early.

On many of these trips we were accompanied by my 3 year old brother. I’ve previously written about his unique opportunity to grow up on a family farm.

He always finds a way to turn the barn yard into a playground, this time by weighing himself in the hog scales.

Though its not exactly a vacation, I’m loving every minute of my week at home on the farm.

I’m soaking up the sunlight and riding in the old farm truck with the windows down.

I spend every day smelling like a pig and that’s quite alright by me.

Its amazing how much fun I have doing chores while working with my siblings.

I’m truly blessed to spend my Spring Break working with my brothers and sisters doing the thing we all love: caring for our livestock.

About Celeste

Celeste grew up on a family beef cattle and show pig farm in Western Kentucky. In addition to farming and life as a restaurant wife, Celeste owns Celeste Communications where she works as a photographer, graphic designer, videographer and consultant. This blog is Celeste's personal soapbox. Any ranting or raving is her own and does not reflect the opinions of any of her clients. All photos and posts are copyrighted property of Celeste Communications.

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