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Posted 4/11/17
Born and bred deep in the heart of Texas here.

A very large portion of labor is mechanized these days making manual labor a small percentage of work. Both plowing and tilling are done via tractor. Planting and harvesting are also done with tractors. (Naturally there are different things being towed behind the tractor, such as discs for tilling, or a grain drill for seeding.

The hardest working bunch around farm is not the farmer, but his "hands". They drive the tractors, fix what they can, etc, all for crap pay. To narrow it down further, the hardest thing I know of around a farm is loading a trailer with hay. Those mini bales of hay can get pretty heavy after you load a ton or two of it. The larger bales are generally loaded with a forklift.

Btw, the farmer sets his own hours.

A rancher on the other hand is a slave to his cattle. Unless he can find a good hand.

It's easier than working in the oil field. That's not too bad either. You stay cleaner on a farm though.
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Posted 4/12/17
It sounds fun but since I have lived in the countryside before... Kind of feel....... Very hard work lol ... ><
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Posted 4/12/17
My best childhood memories are when I lived with my grandparents in a farm. I would definitely live and work in one.
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Posted 4/12/17
yes. It's something I know already.
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Posted 4/12/17
I would. I grew up on a farm in Canada. Most of my recent ancestors were farmers.

I wouldn't want a massive farm, but enough land to make some cash and live sustainably would be alright. I'm relatively happy as long as I can feed and house myself.
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Posted 4/13/17
Done it before. Never again. Camels are harder to take care of than you think.
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Posted 4/13/17

Lemontitties wrote:

If I was able to, I definitely wouldn't be against it. It builds your body and gives you a good work out. Plus, free skin cancer


FTFY.

I grew up on a farm, though my dad retired when I was pretty young. All tanning is bad for you, and melanoma is common among farmers. My dad died at the ripe old age of 58 from it.

There is some hard physical work from time to time. However these days if you want to make any money you have to go huge which means mechanization. It becomes more like a factory. Even manure disposal becomes an art. You liquify it, store it in a super-expensive tank or lined pond, and once or twice a year you spread it by injecting it into the ground. Gone are the days of the charming Old McDonald in his bib overalls and a pitchfork. Vertical silos are actually obsolete and feed is held in bunkers. That way you can use heavy machinery to compress it and maximize storage. Dairy and crop farming still maintain a little charm, though. Farming animals for meat or eggs makes you kind of lose your soul. Especially chicken. "Organic" is a more charming, but kind of a big joke. Instead of using "harmful" pesticides you release predators of pests, often non-native, wreaking havoc on the local ecosystem. Or, you use specially bread crops that generate their own natural defensive chemicals. These are actually worse than "non-organic", because natural pesticides are poisons just like 'unnatural' ones -- only these are inside the plant so they don't wash off like the 'unnatural' ones.

Anyway, it's still more 'close to nature' than urban living, but it's not the Green Acres thing most city people have in mind.
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Posted 4/13/17
Would love to for Workout, but with Diabetes, I would never complete them all what needed to be done within the day.
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Posted 4/13/17
I would.

Of course it'd be hard work but it'll build my body and it'll be rewarding to see the fruits of my labor. I'd probably learn alot more about the environment and animals then I do now.
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Posted 4/13/17
I imagine that it would be rewarding to work in the farm; directly with the animals and agricultural products. However, I don't think I would be able to handle their incredible work hours. I've read that many farmers work from dawn to dusk. Not just any work, but physically demanding work during that time. Though to be honest, I don't really know how farmers work now; how technology/economy/regulations are helping or hindering them.
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Posted 4/15/17
well i do and im pretty okay
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