a story of Southern agriculture

Curiosity, thy name is bovine…or is it you?

…Or, perhaps it is “human – several generations removed from the farm.”

…Or, maybe it is “fellow Farmer – interested in sharing camaraderie, memories and ideas.”

…Or, possibly hopefully it’s “future Farmer – you want to join our ranks – we want to help and encourage you.”


Whatever your way, curiosity and good conversation have stoked my consideration of another blog rut – another day of the week that I set aside for talking-writing.

My Farmer: Imagine her setting aside time to talk.

Me: Listen, the communication is going to happen – not even my mama can tell you where it all comes from – so I may as well corral it.  I need this structure.  And you, dear Farmer o’mine, taught me how to corral bovine and gave me both corral for bovine and laptop for words…

My Farmer: Mercy.  You win.  You can talk a feller to death.


My Farmer’s females are a noisy, stubborn lot.  Aren’t we, Benelli. 🙂


I happen to know any day is a good day to prop your elbows up on the gate and talk it over with the farmer – satiate a little bit of that consumer curiosity – trade stories and tips amongst farmers – talk about the latest article in your favorite farm magazine – reminisce.  Even so, a quick look at the calendar suggested I ponder Thursdays because Thursdays are later in the week – a procrastination of sorts, but well suited for adding blog work into my week.

I assume that once a blogger decides on the day of the week, the next step is to try to name it something clever – at least this seems logical based on the alliterated, day-specific blog ruts plowing neat calendar rows across the blog world.


Hmmm…Thur for short.  What can one do with Thur?

A brainstorm commenced the likes of which has never been focused on one solitary day of the farmer’s week:


the cows do drink a lot.


I prefer not to discuss age/aging.  Bah.  It’s a state of mind, not a number.


Southern warmth is a definite perk around here – excepting July, August and half of September.


Okay, let’s work this from the other end…


I like tractors, but talking about them each week with a lisp probably wouldn’t carry well in print.


Yes, he’s a good topic.  (Also single and available, ladies.  Ahem.)  But he’d be mortified if I wrote about him each week.  He does submit photos here though, and I also have a MoThur and FaThur, too). 

The NeThurlands?

I’d love to go there, but it’s not really my thing for a weekly series.


I do adore their clothing.  It’s taking over my closet.  I’m a Duluthur for sure…but I don’t think I can write about these beautifully functional clothes every week – though I’d happily blow the budget trying! (www.DuluthTrading.com)





This could carry, Buddy.  It really could.


What?  Am I wearing you out with detailing my brain storm?
Storm.  Oh.  Sorry.  I know you don’t like those.

Okay, I need to hush it and get to the point:


Today I am announcing another nicely bundled blog rut here at Beef and Sweet Tea.

It’s called – F.A.R.R.R.Thur

Farming & Agriculture Reflection, Reckoning and Remediation Thursdays

wordy, ain’t it. 😉

  • Reflection – a fixing of the thoughts on something; careful consideration. (Source)
  • Reckoning – my Farmer says “reckon” is very Southern to his Midwestern sensibilities
    1.)to count, compute, or calculate, as in number or amount.  2.)to esteem or consider; regard as  (Source)
  • Remediation – the correction of something bad or defective.  – my Farmer likes this one especially – he is a mine of information and non-dramatic conversation on agriculture! (Source)

and of course, I reserve the right to switch up the “R” words – “ruminate” will inevitably be tossed in the mix. 🙂


Will this post ever end? 

not there yet-7

Yes, Tom, eventually. 🙂  But not before I tell the “because” of F.A.R.R.R.Thur.


Because you’re curious and welcome here.


Because my Farmer and I field enough agriculture questions in person to know that us farmers have got to keep taking our efforts at communication…well, F.A.R.R.R.Thur – We can only do so much one-on-one.


Because since I began blogging last autumn I’ve been gaining my blog world bearings, hesitant to share more than fuzzy cats, soulful donkeys and what constitutes good company in the farm truck, but now I want to try something more technical and I want to discipline myself to do it consistently.


Because stories and ideas that producers find interesting and helpful as well as those that consumers can glean from to address their curiosity are important.  I so wish we had a farm scrapbook and manual dating back through each of the 5 generations that have farmed here.  Instead, we start now with generation four still alive and well with memories back to generation two – and generation five here and ready to record stories woven with knowledge, ingenuity and experience for my farm’s future caretakers and made available for farming interests anywhere.


We’re going F.A.R.R.R.Thur back – and sharing ways forward.


Speaking such explanations and details is not my forte.  I typically leave that to my Farmer and the engineering/teaching genes he has.  But I think I can do this modestly well in writing and I hope I’m right.  Regardless, the only way to improve fluency in a language is to practice.  I practice well with my Farmer – but, oh my, the big, hairy, world wide web –


So this is me pushing pass the go-to case of the warm-fuzzies that is so easily presented here at Beef and Sweet Tea – this is me heading toward a new level of agriculture fluency – putting it in writing – and trying it out in a very public medium.  I’m committed – this harder work and reaching farther is going to happen on a consistent basis –

like every Thursday, y’all. 🙂

I hope you’ll join me in the conversation and ask questions and encourage good repartee.


I’ve always wanted to use repartee in a somewhat official setting – say it very Southern – Raypahrrtee. 



Without further ado…

Welcome to F.A.R.R.R.Thur at Beef and Sweet Tea –

I hope you’ll find it useful.  You can expect F.A.R.R.R.Thur posts to include mine or my Farmers personally written pieces, links to articles and commentary on industry topics for producers and consumers – and great photos if at all possible!  This will not be a hodge podge like The Friday Favored series .  Amazingly enough, I intend to stay focused on Thursdays.

Erin portrays the gist of F.A.R.R.R.Thur well:

erin ehnle 2014 2

For more views “through the lens of a farm girl” you can find Erin Ehnle here.


We’re looking forward to wearing out a Thursday blog rut with you!

Emily Grace



P.S. If you just can’t wait until next Thursday to go F.A.R.R.R.Thur with us, here’s a lesson on how to tell if a cow is pregnant and here’s a post about difficult labor – as in parturition – you know the part when the babies come.

15 Responses to “Curiosity, thy name is bovine…or is it you?”

  1. carolynsteve

    Emily, your new goal for moving deeper into writing about agricultural in technical ways sounds “fantastic”, to quote Ralph, Steve’s engineering friend (who by now owns at least one-third of the Airstream!).

    When you mentioned wishing that you had farms scrapbooks from the past generations on the farm, I thought of something that might be of interest to you. I have a farm ledger from Granddaddy Brown; I also have some journaling pages of Grandmother Brown’s from earlier days on their farm, although most of her journaling was done after she moved in with us. You are welcome to them, if you’d like. They’re not very technical, but they do speak to farm life, although it’s on the Brown farm.



    • Emily Grace

      Thank you, Carolyn!

      You crack me up – I’m sure Ralph does own a third of the Airstream by now! LOL

      Thank you – I will look forward to perusing the ledger and journals on our next visit. I plan to post on twin calves soon and will include the picture you shared.



  2. sheridegrom - From the literary and legislative trenches.

    Emily – Great post, every word. You bring up many fun loving memories for me and I do love the photographs. One of these days, I’ll print a copy of your blog about calving season drama and have one on me so I don’t have to explain anything to friends when they ask. I’m beginning to think perhaps I should leave our the part about growing up with a couple thousand Angus cattle and how to tell what to call ‘it.’
    I hope to return to the blogging world soon and I will be checking in on you on Thu.


    • Emily Grace

      Hi Sheri!
      I’m looking forward to your return to the blogging world. I checked your site a week or so ago and didn’t see anything. I try to keep up with everyone as best I can. 🙂

      I’d be honored if my blog post helped your friends understand your ranch life. Baby Boomer farm kids have been some of our best agriculture comrades – they may have moved off the farm, but they remember our lifestyle and encourage us. Without conversation with the Sheri’s of the world, I probably would have cried a lot more this last decade. But, thankfully, there’s nothing like sitting down with someone your parent’s age and hearing them tell stories that sound just like what I did yesterday on the farm. Please keep commenting – your memories affirm my present, and it’s priceless.

      Emily Grace


      • sheridegrom - From the literary and legislative trenches.

        Emily – Thanks for checking in. I hope to get something new up this week. I know just how difficult it is to stick to those schedules. I was faithful to a fault, posting Mon and Thu and then when Tom required more care, I posted every Mon. From time to time, I’ve fallen flat – I don’t like it – but life happens.


      • Emily Grace

        I’ll click over and see what you’ve put up, Sheri. Life does happen, and I’m glad to see your well-placed priorities.


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