The big bull serves to start ag conversations
Over the years, we have always had an open door policy on the farm. Some might view that as dangerous to allow anyone to come to the farm an visit, but we have always looked upon visitors with joy. It is always a fun time to have people come to t...
Over the years, we have always had an open door policy on the farm. Some might view that as dangerous to allow anyone to come to the farm an visit, but we have always looked upon visitors with joy. It is always a fun time to have people come to the farm and learn about what we do.
Because we raise breeding cattle primarily, there are always plenty of different shapes and sizes of animals to look at. For those who are not exposed to cattle on a regular basis, having the opportunity to see a baby calf is always a hit. But the biggest hit has always been the "Big Bull." Over the years, we usually will have at least one herd bull on the farm that makes a statement. Large full-grown bulls can range is size and height and be upwards of 2,500 pounds.
Currently, the herd bull at the farm also happens to be my oldest son's show bull. He is about 2,500 pounds, at least 5-feet-7-inches high at the center of his back and 6 feet at his head. He is truly magnificent. Additionally, because he has been shown, he is halter broke and used to people. In fact, on some level, I notice that he enjoys the attention, always quiet and willing to be approached and pet. When people come to the farm for a tour or an impromptu visit, Trusteze is always the center of attention. He is a great conversation piece guaranteed to get the dialogue about cattle going and generate interest in all the other subjects pertaining to the farm.
Yesterday, some friends from church called to ask if they could bring their extended family by to see the "Big Bull." They wanted them to see him as he is such a show-stopper. Despite the fact that it was Sunday afternoon, we graciously accepted the opportunity and drove the whole family out into the field to see Trusteze, and he did not disappoint. It was a fun time full of laughter and questions with a group of people that are not exposed to agriculture directly at any other time.
The smallest things can open doors to talk about farming and the life we live. We just have to be willing to go that extra mile and open our hearts and make ourselves available.