About 2 weeks ago I started penning out a blog post about time management and why it is difficult for farmers and farm families. Lo and behold I have not yet found time to finish it! Life is slightly chaotic for farmers during planting season and things like sleep or meals (and blog posts) often fall to the bottom of the list. This is one of the reasons there was panic on our farm when we lost a bison cow just after it gave birth. Now we had an orphaned calf and someone had to find the time to do something about it! After careful observation we could see that no other cow was going to take the calf on (bison are very different than cattle when calving – they will not let you assist them and you can not get close afterwards. The mothers and other herd members are aggressive and protective making it dangerous to handle the young and difficult for veterinarians).
This situation weighed heavily on our conscience and my farmer decided to shut down the drill and take care of things before dark. After I finished work my youngest son had ball practice, this is what I came home to at 7:30 PM last night: