As Father’s Day approaches this Sunday, I felt compelled to take a few minutes and share my appreciation for the hard work and compassion cattlemen in our industry put forth to ensure their livestock are well cared for, crops and hay fields are tended to just in the nick of time; all while working to preserve the land for future generations of their families to enjoy. Many of these cattlemen even carry the title: Father. Which, depending on who you may ask; may be a more difficult task. J
THE MAN I CALL MY DAD
From a young age, I picked up real quick the special character one has to have to wear the many hats of a farmer or rancher. From his duties and jobs on the farm, to the committees and organizations he has served and belonged to. There was always working that needed to be done and he made sure it happened. I have a lot of reasons to be thankful for the man I call my Father. Honestly, if it weren’t for this great man, I might not have ever grown up on a farm and might not have learned quite so quickly the life lessons and value of hard work, respect, compassion and volunteerism that life on the farm-along his side, has given me. But if there is one thing that I have realized reflecting on my farming Father and his on-going battle with cancer; it is that he is also strong and brave; stronger than I will ever be and braver than I can ever dream to be. I hope that I am able to withhold even a fraction of the strength that he has been able to keep.
Now, don’t get me wrong, my Dad is not the only man out there who juggled running a ranch while raising a family and recently I came across a new twitter chat that I have enjoyed streaming. It’s called #dadchat; a place for dads to share their light on the many subjects pertaining to raising a family. Some of these guys are pretty awesome. They even share their experiences and life lessons on their blogs as well.
So, in honor of Father’s Day what more fitting than to feature a few awesome agriculture daddy bloggers! Here’s a short list of some of my favorites!
Glenn Brunkow, Dust on the Dashboard
Jeff Fowle, Common Sense Agriculture
Will Gilmer, The Dairyman’s Blog
Darin Grimm, Darin’s Ramblings
I’ve shed a little light on my Father and the role model that he is in my life. What makes your Father awesome? How do you plan to show him your appreciation this Father’s Day? (I suggest grilling him a lean, juicy, mouthwatering cut of BEEF of course!)
Happy Father’s Day!