I wrote a day or two ago about a sheep of mine, a ewe, that I had to treat. I wrote about how I consulted with a more-experienced sheep farmer, and a veterinarian and a local vet clinic, and following their advice, treated the ewe successfully. But then I get this comment:
While I commend you for you efforts you must have a LOT of cash to burn through. Seems like every other day one of your animals is getting sick from something that could've been prevented, or you're making a costly mistake that could've been avoided.
I hope this is not the case, but at this rate I hope those pockets are deep for I don't see this farm sustaining itself anytime soon. You ought to do through research prior to embarking on your miscalculated endeavors.
Wishing you the best.
Not satisfied with this, this person posted this comment the next day:
Oh what happened? My last comment hurt your feelings, as I see you never posted it. I'm sorry if it did, it's just that more often then not when reading your blog can't help but say to myself "what is this guy doing?"
First -- even if the comments don't agree with me I post them, with a couple of exceptions: No personal attacks, and keep on the topic at hand. I'm open to the discussion of ideas and practices and hints and suggestions at any time. I'm also open to questions about my rationale for doing something. So if you see me talk about something that doesn't make sense, by all means, ask that question.
Second -- if you're sincerely interested in helping (me, or any other farmer) and you've got some experience, I'd love to hear it. Let's look at another comment in that same post, written by Michelle from Collie farm wrote to that very same posting-- helpful, contains a reference to a source she's found helpful, along with some symptoms to look for -- smell of the animals breath, etc.
With respect to the farm -- or any business venture -- if you can't afford to take some losses along the way you probably won't succeed. It doesn't matter if it's farming or software or whatever -- business involves making mistakes. It's not a question of whether you make a mistake, it's often a question of how fast and appropriately you respond to the mistake.
If you've ever used a compass, you'll find that you'll walk a ways, consult your compass, correct your bearing, and keep walking. Checking your compass bearing more frequently means that your error is smaller, and you get to your destination quicker. Expecting there to be no learning curve, or mistakes made, during the course of any endeavor is foolhardy.
So I'm open to suggestions, Friend. With respect to the sheep, or any other aspect of my farm, please do suggest what I might do better. Share with me (and the other readers) your experience and insight. Tell me a trick or technique that makes your life easier.
Part of the reason that I talk about my mistakes is that is actually what I like reading about in other peoples blogs. There's too many blogs that are fairy tales, or who talk about practices that they don't actually do themselves. I'd prefer something more grounded in reality -- and I'm hoping that what I write here is useful to people who are thinking about doing something similar.
So jump in. I don't bite.
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