I’ve raised horses and livestock my entire life. From horses to goats, sheep to swine – I’ve fed, watered, doctored, been frustrated by and been trampled on by all of them. Why do I, and thousand of other young livestock men and women, put so much time, sweat, blood, tears and care towards our animals and their lives? Because of the love we have for livestock and the way of life that accompanies owning and caring for them.
The first time I ever read this poem, I was standing in my the Ninja’s parents’ kitchen in Ohio in 2009 and I have loved it ever since. Written by H.W. Mumford, it exemplifies all the superb qualities of a Stockman (or woman) that are often unnoticed.
Nowhere in that literary masterpiece does it say “and make as much money as possible” or “take over modern agriculture” or “fool the public into eating meat”. It doesn’t mention those statements because 1) they’re not true and 2) nobody gets into the farming or livestock business to make millions of dollars. Farmers and ranchers do so because they love the land, animals, hard work and their fellow farmer. They are rich in character, determination and wisdom. What better wealth to have?
Until next time,