There are some days on the farm when you can sit, watch, and know everything and everyone is okay. That no matter what is going on the world, you've got this in front of you.
Like these piglets playing like piglets do without a care in the world. Notice that deep, beautiful black soil? Pigs have been on this lot heavily for years and have certainly cleared out the vines and thorns and rarely a thistle grows but underneath grows a dark, fertile soil.
And then this series of videos. The first two are from an iPhone. We were planning on moving Herd No. 1 the other morning. Mike was away still feeding pigs so I was parked at the field. Just watching. And then I realized what was happening. I hadn't said a word. I hadn't made any motions as if I were to move - I wasn't even parked near the gate but rather the middle of the field. One by one the cows began to move quietly towards the gate. Hardly a moo was made - which is usually more abundant in frequency to get the rest to hurry up - but rather a gentle, yet determined walk to the gate. They knew. They always know. Animals are neat like that; they read our intentions and our minds before we realize what we're doing. Remember that.
The third video was once we had the move complete: down the drive way, over the river, down the grassy lane, and into the next field: Field 7 to be exact. I then set up my real camera resting on the truck's window ledge. The move was incredibly smooth and quiet because they knew the drill, they've done it before, and they knew the next spot would be fresh grass. No problems, no hurry, no words were spoken, no calls were needed - Mike and the dogs walked slowly behind the herd but didn't even need to cross the river - the ladies knew where to go with me in the lead.
When farm life is so simple, it can almost bring one to tears in gratitude for the relationship between human and animal.
That's all for now....