I hope the transition from summer to fall saw all of you well. I know in my area, it has been quite rainy and dreary the past few days. I’ve had a big change in my life recently – I quit my job at Hord Livestock and moved back to my hometown in Northeast Ohio. I now hold a position at a family dairy farm as herdsman.
I am excited for this new opportunity in a new industry, thrilled to learn as much as I can to build a satisfying professional career. I view my current position as a learning experience to build on in the future.
I left my position at Hord Livestock because it simply wasn’t the kind of work I wanted to do or build a career out of. The company is wonderful, the people I worked with were wonderful, and yet the job duties and the position itself would not, in my mind, lead me to a career of passion and satisfaction. I could not find my passion in what I was doing.
Now, on the dairy farm, I look forward to going to work every day, and being at work relaxes me and brings me joy. That is the most important thing. You know you have found the right industry and the right job when you look forward to going to work and being there. I believe there are so many people that go to a job every day and dread it, and hate every second. As much time we spend each day, and over our lifetimes, working, why not enjoy it? The majority of lives are spent working, it’s a sad truth that most people spend that time unhappy.
Now, I look forward to a lifelong career in the dairy industry, and continuing to rise up to the challenge of new and more advanced positions as the time comes. For now, I will enjoy being greeted by the moos of calves and the kind eyes of the cows being milked.
I encourage everyone to find their true calling and find a career that can allow them to be passionate and excited on that morning commute to the workday.
Until next time!
I hope you all are having a wonderful end to your summer! I know for most, fall approaching means halloween decorations in stores, hot chocolate, sweaters, and pumpkin everything (any Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte fanatics out there?)! But for me and many others, fall approaching is synonymous with fair season. My boyfriend and his family show their Clydesdales at 4 – 5 area fairs a year, and this year I have been lucky enough to help them out! Due to personal circumstances, I left my job at Hord Livestock and moved back to my hometown, where now I am happy to say I work on a dairy farm!
Nevertheless, fair season (my personal favorite season), is upon us, and I wanted to make a list for this post. So, my list is the Top 5 Things Fair Goers Should Do At The Fair. And this list is in order for fair goers to get the most out of the agricultural side of the fair and really learn more about what the animals and the kids have brought to the fair to make it such a wonderful experience. Here goes.
- Walk through ALL of the livestock and horse barns – that way, you can see each and every one of the animals. You never know who you might run across – a friend, a coworker’s child, all of whom are perfect candidates to talk to to ask questions! Which, brings me to my next item.
- Ask the kids (or parents of the kids) about their animals – these kids have worked all year round to work with their animal and learn more about raising their animal – they will be more than happy to share their knowledge about their favorite pet with you! This is the time to get to know exactly how animals are raised in today’s society, all the while making a young child’s day!
- Watch the cows being milked at the milking parlor – most fairs allow fair goers to watch the dairy cattle being milked, or they will even have a milking demonstration. You can learn alot about where your morning glass of milk comes from!
- Buy a milkshake at the dairy stand – there is almost always a dairy stand at the fair that is run by and supports local dairy farmers. Support them and you get a delicious milkshake out of it! They are usually the best milkshakes you can get!
- And lastly, stop in at a livestock or horse show – you can learn alot about the animals by watching how they are shown and what is expected of them. Often, at the livestock shows such as beef cattle, dairy cattle, pigs, and sheep, the judge will say exactly why he placed a class of animals the way he did. Another great way to learn!
There is alot to learn and see at a county fair, take full advantage! Until next time, enjoy your Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and learn some about agriculture!