Depending on what type of farmer you are, you may get a bit more time off than others. If you don’t have any livestock, for example, you probably don’t need to worry about feeding them every single morning and night. Vacation days may be a bit more plentiful.
If you only feed livestock at a certain time of year you probably don’t leave very often during that time.
In our family, time off for “fun” things is something that is cherished. Now my husband has taken more time off in the last few years than ever before.
I don’t necessarily count it as time off because he is out there being a voice for agriculture. Whether it is talking about the Farm Bill, helping with the corn check off dollars of South Dakota corn farmers, and even some leadership training that has taken him to Washington to speak with the men and women that represent South Dakota. He has been quite the busy man. I love him for being such a hard worker, not only on our farm, but in representing agriculture.
We have cattle, all year round, which means we can’t just leave without anyone to feed. But, luckily we are in a family operation that allows for such luxuries of a vacation. But, that doesn’t mean summers off and winter holidays when the crops have all been harvested.
To most farmers, even those you may think of as traveling as soon as their crops are out of the fields, it means a whole 2 months to really work on all the odds and ends that get neglected during harvest and planting.
It means building wind breaks for cattle to help protect them from the dust and cold winter wind.
It means tiling fields. (Irrigation)
It means putting up fence.
It means cutting hay, raking hay, and baling hay.
For farmers there is always, and I do mean always, something to do. Often times at midnight in the Fall we will still be combining and we just decide to stop, even though the field is almost finished. But, the reality? It will still be there tomorrow and there will be even more to be done come morning. Farmers don’t stop. And that is the truth, coming from a First Generation Farm Wife!