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Spring time in the farms

The farms life in spring time

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In spring time all the fields and everything else is very green and all living things seem to be happy to be alive. 

Flower display usually happen in spring time. 

Dear readers, when I was very young I started to do some work in our family farm, so, allow me to tell you some of my experience that I had then, because it is all part of my own life, so I would like to tell you also this part of my life, because as we all know every one of us has a story to tell. 
Farm life is usually very boring especially in winter, so spring time is very welcome; but we are sure that just about everyone of us human likes springtime, it really does not matter where you are and what you do, we all love spring time and also all living things love springtime, because spring seems to bring a new beginning to everything, it brings new hope and it brings new life and we are all waiting for the good things that will come during the year, you see spring is completely different from what we have been talking in one of our last article, where we have been telling you beside other things what we did in the farm in a winter day and it was very boring, as we had to do all those repetitive chores day in day out, here is the link if you want to check it out what we said there, My farm life continues, therefore now, we have better news to tell you, because we are going to talk about spring time in the farms.
We can surely say that the only time that one can say that living in the farm could be better that living in town was and is at spring time, because those things that make life interesting in the farm happen, you see one can observe Mother Nature wonders as they occur at very close range; and springtime is the time when most of those wonders occur one after another. Therefore, life in the farm becomes more interesting and wonderful after a cold winter when finally spring comes, for a start the warm sun makes just everybody feel happy to be alive, after those cold winter days that never seemed to end.
For us farmers early in spring when the weather is fine it is nice and warm to stay outside doing odd jobs, like preparing the soil in the kitchen garden and planting some seeds that will soon grow, while we would be doing that we would just imagine how these new plants will grow and bear fruit in summer; you see in the temperate zone as the days grow longer and the temperature rises the plants start growing very quickly, this fact of life even by itself seems to bring some joy after the cold winter days, not only because we could see the new plants growing quickly, but also because we would be thinking what the good season would bring to us, when the time would come to harvest whatever we had planted or we would plant now in early spring, so let us see what other good things spring brings with it. .
Wonderful spring is here
Wonderful spring is here
During early spring it would be wonderful, if one could be able to forget all worries in the world, and look at the work of Mother Nature at its best. You see, today you look at one tree and you wonder whether it is alive or dead, because its twigs seem really lifeless; but in a few days, when you look at that same tree again you can see a few flowers and some small leaves on its twigs, and in a few more days the whole tree will be in flower, and also its leaves will be growing on its twigs very rapidly, all the trees start flowering and growing quickly at springtime after winter, also all grass and seedlings grow faster and everything is greener and full of life, also the birds that throughout the winter seemed timid and sad, now start to sing and they sound very happy. In the country there is a change in the air in springtime and everything and everybody feels happy in spring, there are lots of sunny and mild days in spring, so the sunshine and the mild days tell you that the dreadful winter is past, so better times are ahead for the farm people and for the farm animals as well and this brings a sort of happiness. 

Trees flower in spring time

Spring is the time of flowers

Now, let me describe the changes that spring time brings in the country of the town that I came from, above all let us see what changes it brings to us farmers and the farms animals. After looking and hand feeding all farm animals during the winter, which was a very boring job, now spring is very welcome. I am saying this because, in springtime the way of looking after the farm’s animals changes a lot, because in spring most of the farm’s animals will be feeding on grass, and most of them will be grazing in the paddock during daytime, and there are a lot of other interesting happenings.
For a start, during the winter and perhaps most of the year, the large farm animals have been hand fed in the stable with straws, oats and hay, but now gradually they will be let loose to graze in the paddocks. So as soon as the grass in the paddock grows enough early in spring, the cows are let loose in the paddock for a few hour each day to begin with, and then as the grass starts growing faster they will graze in the paddocks all day long. The next on line to graze in the paddocks are the pregnant mares, followed by the rest of the animals: So that in mid spring all animals that are grass eater will be feeding only on grass; that is during the day in the paddocks and at night with fresh harvested grass, which has been purposely grown and cut from the farmers. As you can see the farmers are still busy to look after the farm animals, but now it is not as hard as in winter times and the weather is usually fine, and every day that go past it becomes warmer, so a more relaxed way of life can be enjoyed and there are also other happy happenings, you see, spring is the season of hope and in spring we start to harvest many things, there are plenty of vegetables in spring as everything grows pretty fast, also in the fields things grow fast, there are plenty of fresh peas, green beans, broad beans just to name a few, the farmers go around with great hope in their hearts, they hope to harvest plenty of everything, when they are ready to be harvested.
But at the same time the farmers always look at the sky, as they fear bad weather that can ruin their crops. This can really be a real problem when stormy weather approaches, as all the work that the framers have done during the year can be ruined or destroyed in a few minutes. So hope and heartbreak go hand in hand in the farms and they are there ever present, it is not an easy life being a farmer, I can tell you that because I have been there. Here I have to say that this was one of the reasons why I left farming and migrated to Australia when I was still young, hoping for a better and easier life in Australia which I did. But now let us talk about the farm animals, as they are a very important part of farming all year around, therefore what happens during spring is interesting to know.
The farm animals
Let us talk about the farm animals and what happens in spring
If we think about it, we have to admit that the ways that Mother Nature has set up how most natural things happen in the animals world is almost faultless, for a start most of the farm animals give birth to their offspring when there is plenty of food to go around, and when mild and fine weather is usually expected, it is for this reason that in springtime most of the animals offspring are born, starting from the cows that usually calf once every year and they make plenty of milk especially when there is plenty of green food to eat, also other animals have their offspring in spring, the sheep have their lambs, the mares have their foals, and other animals have also their young’s whatever it is according to their specie.

The farms animal and their offspring, farm animals are most likely to be born early in spring. 

By observing what we have just said above, we have reasons to believe that the farm animals are born usually early in spring so that they can grow big and strong during the spring and summer, so that when the cold weather comes back they would be able to cope with it easily, this is really how Mother Nature wants it to be, you see everything is set in a way that all living things would get the most benefit that they can get while they can in the good season.
But we the people sometimes do things that go against Mother Nature, as we want to control everything around us for our own benefit. Sometimes we do cruel things also, and one of those things that come to my mind is that we take away veal from mother cow, we sell the veal to the butcher who will kill the veal and sell the meat to the people to eat it, by doing this not only we get some money from the butcher, but then we can happily milk the cow, so the poor cow cops it both ways. You see we take plenty of milk from the cows after selling their veal, and what we do with most of the milk in the farms? We make cheese of course. So in my next hub I will be talking about, how we made cheese the old way when I was young.


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