Where no oxen are, the trough is clean;
But much increase comes by the strength of an ox.
Raising and caring for livestock takes a lot of hard work, as well as commitment. Its an everyday thing, 365 days a year. Scrubbing water troughs, cleaning chicken coops, feeding several times a day, separating cows for milking, setting up new pens for new animals, transferring growing animals to new environments, rotating cattle in pastures…..the list goes on. It means working in the heat, in the mud, and in the snow. But we are grateful for the work and the nutrition God provides us through raising and caring for livestock.
Because raising and caring for our livestock also means sustainability & independence as well as health & nutrition….for both our family and our community.
Raising and caring for livestock gets us up in the morning and forces us to get moving and working.
Raising and caring for livestock gets us out in the sunshine and fresh air and gets our hands in the dirt.
Raising and caring for livestock gives us meaningful work, forcing us to push beyond ourselves to tend to the needs of others.
Raising and caring for livestock teaches us.
Raising and caring for livestock leads us to living intentionally.
Raising and caring for livestock nourishes our bodies through nutrient dense, clean, wholesome foods.
Raising and caring for our livestock allows us to serve our community and other families.
Raising and caring for livestock allows us to live sustainably.
And while yes, it’s a lot of work, there is definitely increase in strength…
Strength in our bodies through work and nutrition.
Strength in our minds through meaningful work.
Strength in our communities as we serve on another & become more self sufficient.
So may your troughs never be clean and may your strength be increased by our livestock.