Anyone who owns a farm knows that your whole life revolves around it, the animals come first, they are the reason you have food on the table and clothes on your back, its a 24 hour job. Everyone in our family had chores to do. Cows needed to be milked, hay needed to be hauled and yes, we also had to spread manure on the fields.
When you think about it the farmer has to constantly deal with cow manure. We had to clean the barn daily....We had a barn cleaner that took the manure to the spreader. We spread manure on the fields to help the crops grow.
The barn was huge, it had four floors, the lower floor held 32 head of cattle, these were the milk cows. The second floor had heifers and a box stall for our pony (Tinker).
We had an old chicken coop in back of the house that Dad made into a calf barn.
My brother and I had to take care of the calves. We threw the manure out through a small window into a manure spreader.
We all worked hard and had fun at the same time. I think that's why there are so many good memories.
We eventually rented another farm down the road ......the manure spreader went up and down the road a lot.
I remember one winter my dad hooked the toboggan up to the back of the spreader before he headed out to the field where there was a huge hill. When we got to the top he unhooked the toboggan and went to finish his job with the spreader. We put our dog hector right up front and all 4 of us hopped on the sled and rode it to the bottom of the hill.
Once in awhile we did our homework for school, while we were doing chores in the barn, that way we could ask our Parents questions, if we needed. I remember reading a book on Abe Lincoln and accidentally dropping it in a pile of manure. We never got those stains out of the pages..
One Easter Sunday my Aunt and Uncle came by to visit. My cousins had just come from church and were wearing nice new suits, we were about 9 and 10 years old then. We were playing in the barn and my cousin (wearing a nice new blue suit) accidentally slipped and slid down a trench of manure. My Mother and Aunt quickly went to work trying to remove the stains on that blue suit, but the stains were there to stay. The suit was ruined and had to be thrown away..
I could go on and on but I just wanted to show you why we would use cow manure with t-shirts....when we are asked that question our answer is always why not?