My first job, at age 12, was to let Volney Farr's cows out to pasture before I left for school. It was well after their morning milking, which started at 4:30 a.m. After school, I'd open the pasture gate to let them in again. My only real responsibilities were to count them on their return, to ensure that all the gates were properly closed behind them, to count them again and secure them in their stanchions.
Mr. Farr explained to me that I was not their leader; "Irma" was. I should do only what I was told. Irma, a Jersey, would take care of the rest.... Read more
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