This Firth egg farm may house more than quarter million laying hens, but it has always been, and still remains, a family farm. Listen as owner Jerry Tekolste and manager Earl Latshaw explain why the outward appearance of Nebraska farming may change with the years, but the heart and soul of any family-run operation doesn't.
Because they will grow up to become the primary caretakers of farm animals, according to this head of a century-plus year old Sumner hog farm. You never how their actions might touch not only the lives of the animals in their care, but also the life of someone thousands of miles away.
Watch this beautifully produced segment on one of the most grueling times of the Nebraska cattle ranchers life-- winter calving time.
Take a tour of life on a western Nebraska cattle feeding operation in this authentic amateur video from Whitney's Thompson Ranch. "These animals are not our pets; they are our business," says Shelly Thompson, and those animals require care 365 days a year. "People in agriculture don't get a day off when they've got cattle, livestock, hogs, sheep, chickens," says Thorpe Thompson. "Chores have to be done; animals have to be fed, everyday." Who says Nebraska's farmers and Nebraska's grocers don't lead similar lives?
Just slightly north, this issue, to Crooks, S.D., where we hear "The Real Farm Girl" Laura Nielson explain why October's Food Day gets a lot of things wrong about the nature of today's farm and food system.
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