There has been a lot of discussion in the news and social media the last few months due to the legislation that would eliminate kids being able to work or help out on the farm. I'm the first one to promote safety and, believe me, we are watching them like a hawk when they are out with us. However, I couldn't help but think about all the things I had read by supporters of the bill as we worked our cow herd.
It's not so much the "labor" they provide at this age, but more about the quality family time we are having together and the work ethic that we are instilling. The kids LOVE to be involved and feel like they are helping contribute to the task at hand. Besides that, we are teaching our kids where food comes from, all about beef production, and how to appreciate what farmers and ranchers all across America do for us on a daily basis.
|Even the family dogs get involved in action!!!|
This also gives them a chance to check out all the calves and decide which ones would make the best 4-H calves to take to the fair too!!