Daily farm routines are always the major work in any farm. I can remember when I was in the animal section in the school farm, I kind of never wanted to be in the farm early because of the work load. But I guess my school was smart to take attendance before the daily/morning routine. So we’ll look at the farmers daily schedule.
When farmers get to the farm, I’ll use the animal farm as an example.
Farmers daily schedule
- Walk around (outside) the farm house.
- Walk around (inside) the farm house.
- Check farm animals and their behaviors.
- Isolate unhealthy animals from healthy ones if need be.
- Clean in and out of the animal house by sweeping and weeding.
- Wash water and feed materials.
- Introduce feed and water.
- Vaccinate as at when due.
Farmers daily schedule can vary depending on the type of farm they operate and the season, but there are some general tasks that farmers need to do every day. Here is an example of a typical daily schedule for a farmer:
5:00 am: Wake up early in the morning before sunrise, especially during the busy seasons, and start the day with a cup of coffee or tea.
5:30 am: Check on the animals first thing in the morning. If the farm has livestock, the farmer will need to feed, water, and care for them. The farmer will also need to collect eggs if they have chickens.
6:00 am: Tend to the crops, such as watering, weeding, and harvesting, depending on the season. This is also the time when the farmer may perform maintenance work on the equipment, such as checking the oil levels, changing the air filters, and sharpening blades.
9:00 am: Take a break for breakfast. Many farmers prefer a hearty breakfast to sustain them throughout the day.
10:00 am: Continue working on the crops or animals. During the off-season, the farmer may take this time to work on projects such as building or repairing structures on the farm.
12:00 pm: Break for lunch. Many farmers bring their lunch from home or cook a meal in the farmhouse kitchen.
1:00 pm: Continue working on the farm, such as preparing the fields for planting, hauling equipment or supplies, or fixing fences.
4:00 pm: Wind down for the day, although there are still some chores to do. The farmer may need to check on the animals one last time, water the crops, and make sure that everything is in order before leaving for the day.
6:00 pm: Dinner time. After a long day of hard work, a farmer is usually ready for a hot meal and a chance to relax.
7:00 pm: Evening activities. Depending on the farmer’s preferences and family obligations, they may spend the evening reading, watching TV, spending time with family, or taking care of additional farm chores.
9:00 pm: Bedtime. Farmers need to get enough rest to be ready for the next day’s work, so they usually go to bed early to get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep.
Importance of daily farm routines
- It helps with proper record keeping.
- It helps with better productivity.
- Mortality rate is reduced as unhealthy animals will always get isolated from healthy ones.
- Farmers daily schedule help farmers get acquainted with the farm environment and farm animals.
- Predators are prevented as loopholes will be spotted early.
And sometimes we find predators like snakes, rats, ants, etc in the animal house. So if you’re not there to check, you might end up losing some of your animals to these predators.
So these are basically what every animal farmer do every morning when they first get to the farm. For the crop farmers, it is basically watering of crops and sometimes weeding. That’s it.