- No matter how dry the grass looks, wearing your new suede RM Williams shoes across it is never a good idea - Generally it's a lot wetter than it looks.
- Never let the Dachshund steal you boots and leave them for you to collect on the other side of the lawn- Especially if it's winter, -4 and you've just had a frost set.
- No matter how small the mob looks, always pack a spare pair of overalls when you are preg testing the heifers- By the second one a strategically placed tail and gloved hand will result in a very messy and destroyed shirt.
- Cow crap can, does and will bounce of any surface- Concrete, dirt and mud: Learned this all to easily at dairy placement.
- Gumboots are the equivalent of water-ski's/ice skates on a wet concrete walkway when you're chasing after that one stubborn heifer- Again lesson learned the hard way on dairy prac, Degree of difficulty - 7, Timing - 10 and Execution - 8. Lesson Learned: Always pack a spare pair of overalls/clothes.
- Patience is truly a virtue
- A soak in Napysan will remove any agricultural stain from cattle crap to grease.
- Anything smaller than 80kg is a microorganism - Learned from a cattle lecturer.
- Electric fences will ark, do not assume that because you are wearing gloves they won't.
- Do not sit on the fence in the foal yard - the cheeky little buggers will bite.
- The gate to the feed shed might look like Fort Knox but give it time and the brood mare will find a way to get in.
- The house cat can turn the laptop on when it wants something warm to sleep on.
- A hanging role of wire makes for an amazing replacement antenna for the radio. - Wonderful reception.
- No matter how clean and tidy it looks the dust from the shed will always come back and rest on a strategically placed iPod - Never a good thing.
- When the ladder won't reach then the bucket on the tractor generally will.
- The mulberry tree next to the stallion paddock is never a good thing for white rugs to be around.
- There is not a problem that: Bailing Twine, Gaffa Tape, WD-40 or a 10cm piece of plain wire won't fix (select appropriate, see graphic below)
- To a cat, bookwork & assignments is nothing but a distraction or toy.
- The only freak wind gusts to hit only occur when you are halfway down the back paddock only to realize you have left the office windows open.
- To a horse a flex tub is the greatest toy around.
- If you can't remove a stubborn steel picket, the combi bucket on the tractor is always a valid option.
- If the road to town is flooded then a tractor is a valid way to get into town for a beer - I have seen this, I kid you not.
- The gate on the hayshed presents a great challenge to the cattle & horses, one which they will readily accept and find a way to win.
- Mulching the front gardens with scrap hay is never a good thing if you have cattle that like exploring.
- Horses don't prune, they readily mulch.
For another great read, try The Farmers Way of Life: Golden Rules of Farming Parts 1-5 (http://farmerswayoflife.blogspot.com/2011/09/golden-rules-of-farming-part-5.html)
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