8 Things That Have a Different Meaning for Farmers


Farming is a way of life with many similarities and differences to those who don’t farm. Check out our 8 things that have a different meaning to Farmers!

1. Holidays- Holidays carry a different meaning for Farmers. Just because it’s Christmas morning, the livestock still needs to be taken care of. Driving home from Easter service? There will be stopping to check on the crops or check on the cattle. The chores don’t stop just because it’s a special day.

2. Weather – Weather is not just sunshine or rain for Farmers; it’s the difference between a great crop, a good one or a total loss. Weather affects and determines so much for Farmers. During the polar weather much of the country experience this past winter, Farmers don’t have the luxury of staying inside where it’s warm  – they have a livelihood to maintain.

3. Weekends – The saying goes “same stuff, different day,” and that’s what it’s like for Farmers. Sure time will be made for Church but not much else changes – chores need to be done, especially if harvest or plant is going on.

4. Meals – Most meals revolve around a table and occur at the same time. Not for Farmers. Their meals vary daily and their table – well a lot of time its a tailgate of a truck or the cab of a tractor because they’ve got work to do!

5. Seasons – Sure there is winter, spring summer and fall – but the most important ones are Plant and Harvest. Though they come at different times for different things, those are the seasons that Farmers operate around.

6. Pets – Dogs and cats, sure we’ve got those, but they usually serve a purpose. Barn cats and farm dogs all help out. But we’ve also got all of our other cattle, pigs, chickens, horses, goats etc. that we look at as our pets as well. After all, they still have to be taken care of and a lot of times have it nicer than the actual Farmers!

7.  Risks – Farming is a risky job. From the manual aspect, there are many things Farmers face on a daily basis that most won’t ever have to deal with. Farm equipment, animals, grain bins etc. They all carry inherent risks that Farmers face daily. As to other risks, between battling mother nature and trying to predict before your crop will even go in the ground how it will fair – those are big risks that can determine so much about your profit and whether or not you will make money this year.

8. Family – A family that farms together, stays together. Family carries a different meaning for Farmers, not in they value them any more than the next person, but when you grow up on a Farm, you know you’ll be working that farm. After all, over 97 percent of farms are Family Farms!

Think we left one out? Leave us a comment with something you think has a different meaning for Farmers!

33 thoughts on “8 Things That Have a Different Meaning for Farmers

  1. My Dad always said this “If you have animals, Remember it’s not your slave, But you’re it’s slave ,because you have it in a pen/barn/pasture it’s still is dependent on you to take care of it, feed it, water it, clean it’s pen out, and any thing else it needs. so, you are basicly tied to it’s tail weather you like or not 24/7 !!!!

  2. Vacation!! What is a vacation. I grew up on a dairy! I was out of high school before I knew what a vacation was!

    1. Exactly! My husband is a dairy farmer, and I’ve always said that a paid vacation means he pays someone to do his work so he can take a vacation!

      1. You are exactly right Mary Jo, my son, daughter-in-law and their two children have a farm and a planting and harvesting business. They work really hard and when they do get to take a vacation, with the help of their great support staff, they truly deserve it!!!

  3. Work Day, most workers have an entitled attitude about working 8 hours then going home. My family gets snarky when I don’t just stop baling in the middle of a field to join them for dinner even if it is a holiday. But I appreciate it when they save me a plate of food.

  4. After growing up on a dairy farm then getting married and moving off the farm the term “morning tail” has a whole different meaning:-)

  5. I can identify with all 8 described here! Often, I felt sorry for my dad having to go out in frigid weather to milk and feed the animals! I hated gathering the eggs, but that didn’t matter! I was told to do it, and I did it! We definitely “worked when there was work to be done, and played when it was done!” However, I seldom experienced it being “done!”

  6. when I hear people complain about it raining, I can hardly believe it. Sometimes I say, “Don’t you know it is just God growing your food?”

  7. My husband always says were the biggest gamblers. We take the risk of the cattle producing, the weather cooperating, there are so many things we risk weather it’s row crops or animals. We don’t get days off, sometimes just hours, especially when were calving. I noticed there were no quotes for fall & spring calving. We do both.

  8. 9. Relationships-trying to find a girl that understands what we as farmers do, why we do it, an also that things can come up at random(cows get out equpitment breaks down ect.) or when planting an harvest comes around, gets that time waits for no one so if the weathers good I won’t be leaving the field

    1. There are plenty of fellas that don’t understand it either. You warn them right from the get go because you know how it always goes….. “oh I understand”……. and then they realize you weren’t kidding. You’re not alone in that battle!

  9. Yes, you forgot Life and death. On the farm we deal with new life and lost life more then the off farm folk. Taking care of newborn calves, even on the kitchen floor, when a snowstorm hits. Or making the decision to euthanize an animal if injury occurs.

  10. Sick and personal days, shifts. There is no such thing as using a sick or personal day. Unless you are in the hospital, you work. And working a double shift? How about 3 shifts every day.

  11. ‘Depends on the weather’ is the most common used phrase in our house. If it’s been hot and windy for days you can bet we won’t be planning anything other than irrigating non stop till the next abundant rainfall!

  12. Pets: I grew up having a pet cat and dog, and cows and pigs, but when the truck came to take them to market it didn’t seem to matter, they went on just like all their families. I grew accustomed to not getting too close to the market animals.

  13. Budget: It is difficult to explain to non-farmers that working 12-18 days at times 6-7 days a week that they ‘can’t afford’ something. Yes, you see fancy pick-ups, etc. However, I was brought up that if it didn’t make money, you went without it. The sweet years have to take care of the lean years. Unless you have extra cash from a previous job, times can be tight.

  14. Raising children is different on the farm too. They learn to different jobs as soon as they are old enough. They learn how to handle responsibility. They learn to work with and communicate with adults which leads to a respect for their elders. The joysticks they learn to use are in combines and skid loaders. They learn to give back to their communities by the examples their parents set as 4-H leaders, church leaders, Farm Bureau members, etc

  15. Friends. Time is a valuable commodity to a farmer. If a farmer takes time to visit you or lend a hand then he probably actually likes you and values time spent with you.

  16. Yes, the common thread of all these statements about farmers and farming is that our LORD is concerned with each of these points; and the farmers know it!

  17. Fun
    To most people fun is when you get off work and go home and play. To farmers fun is when you can cut the hay at 10 miles an hour, or ride horses in the mountains chasing cattle or chop silage and hit the truck every time.

    Most people dread going to work. Farmers look at work as a life style.

  18. All replys are so right on but as I remind my farm family, family is important also, that pet cow or field of grain will not bring you a glass of water or wipe your butt in time of illness or old age so respect their {family} wishes for spending a little more time with them, go to their open house school night, be there when they want you to be with them, take the time and all else will get done with God’s help and being better organized….I was a farm wife and Mom for over 50 yrs and grew up on farm and we only cared for animals on Holidays and the Sabbath, needless to say times changed and I tried to adapt but not happily……

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