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