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A Cowboy’s Faith: Greener grass is possible

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.”

That is not true, but evidently seems so to cattle pushing under the fence for more this spring.

Heavy pressure exerted by the cattle reaching for more grass is why many fence posts slope from the pasture itself.

They go under, over, and through the fence in hopes of finding additional tender lush green grass.

Eventually the pasture will have sufficient growth to satisfy the cattle’s greedy appetites. They will graze at ease and not continually search for an extra green sprig.

Until that time, it is cattlemen’s continued battle to keep cattle in pastures, as they often push through the fence. Calves are an additional menace getting under fences to the greener other side.

Despite quality of the fence, cattlemen typically spend considerable time each spring mending fence.

It is a required effort to keep cattle in and a regular maintenance task year around. All pasture fences are typically checked regularly with a thorough going over before turning herds out for summer grazing.

Trees often fall on fences, opening the way for cattle to get through. Heavy rains readily wash out fences in creeks and ditches, requiring repair and replacement.

Sometimes neighboring cattle herds will look to the other side for grazing and damage the fence.

Fixing fences is not a job ranchers anticipate but a required part of the profession. It becomes most important in getting along with neighbors. Nobody wants somebody else’s cattle in their pasture.

While grass on the other side of the fence looks greener to cattle, that is often true of people. They think another job or profession is better than the one they have. Sometimes that can be true, but it’s not always the case. A promotion is a career change earned and usually appreciated.

It is essential to have a job that is enjoyable and productive. However, certain individuals are never satisfied with whatever they are doing, so they change jobs again.

A long list of previous jobs makes an impressive resume but is seldom a sign of dedication and work ethic.

Reminded of Ruth 1: “The grass is not always greener on the other side. Grass is green, and the soil for God’s love and grace will always be fertile where God leads you.”

Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.




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