Farm humor

There are a number of Amish farms along the road that runs between Pairodox and State College. If you don’t know which properties are owned by Amish and which are owned by English, you can tell, and here’s the trick … Amish farms aren’t tethered by electric wires running from the road. All of these folks farm with draft. We have seen this working group before but this weekend it was clear its members had been clipped by someone in anticipation of a season of hard work, one of the many promises of our rural spring. The someone responsible for clipping this lot seems to have had a sense of humor.

Mulesmall

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  1. Is the clipping pattern (minus the message) for identification purposes (like pigs ears), or functional (like where harnesses touch their skin) or totally random?

    • You got it in one. They clip where the harnesses are going to lay.It’ll be along these areas that the sweat will run most and cause chaffing. Although many teams have already been in the fields it’s been cold enough at night that farmers have held off with the clippers. It’s warm enough now that a quick clip was in order. You should be a farmer! D

  2. Looks like they got their summer wiffles! I remember you running around with one of those. Very cute! πŸ™‚

    • Yeah, yeah – my haircut of choice is still the buzz – and Joanna takes the goat-clippers to me every so often and does a great job. The farmers trim where the leather driving harnesses will lay … it’ll be here that sweat will accumulate and cause chaffing … so that’s where they get a bit of a trim.

      • Oh how gratifying! Make sure you all get extra potassium for all that shearing bending! I’d love to see a video of that! I intend to learn to shear my own someday, until then, good ole Fred DePaul out of Plymouth Notch (he is caretaker at the Coolidge Farm) comes down and makes quick work of the job for not much money and a WHOLE lot of entertainment. He has the gift of the gab and I’d pay him just to come and talk! I always pull together a crowd for shearing day because he does the “show and tell” so well, and it is so educational and entertaining. I usually get a school group or two here, serve them cider and pretzels, let them help us skirt fleeces. Anyway, I always marvel that Fred can stand up straight afterward, that he doesn’t have any aches and pains. I love how we all have our special gifts in this world. Happy April 24th to you all.

    • Thanks much. It was just one of those things that we happened upon on our way back from State College on Saturday. Just lucky to have been at the right place at the right time.

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