Friday, February 10, 2012

Movin' on

Startin' Monday, I'll be takin' on life's next great adventure. I accepted a position as a Dry Cow Herdsman at Mason Dixon Farms, one of the largest dairy farms east of the Mississippi. In simple terms, pregnant cows stop gettin' milked a few weeks or months before they have their calves. Those are the animals that I'll be responsible for, anywhere from 200-600 animals at any given time.

For many years, MDF has been on the forefront of technology and research in the dairy industry, as a Google search will quickly reveal. As large as it's become, however, it's still a family-owned farm. After spendin' the last few years jumpin' through hoops for some faceless bobblehead in Denver, it'll be a nice change of pace to regularly exchange pleasantries with the head men.

This'll be quite a jump, as my professional life to date has more or less revolved around newspapers, computers and design. All things considered though, it's significantly more money, access to thousands of acres of prime huntin' land, and hopefully more physically and mentally stimulatin' that what I've been dealin' with here. I've never been entirely comfortable in an office environment, so hopefully this job will feel more at home for me. I've worked with some great people here and I'm sure to miss them,  but I sure won't miss all the corporate bullshit that came with it.

I apologize in advance, because my postin' (and readin') of blogs might go a little light for awhile. I won't be spendin' much time at a computer with my new position, which is a blessing and a curse.


  1. Good luck, Bear!! I'm excited to see you this coming weekend and hear how you like your new career :)

  2. Damn, dude. That's a pretty pretty interesting career move - from babysitting text-based technology to wet nursing dry cows. Plus a raise and hunting privileges. Good for you!

    FWIW, my father was born in PA (Plains, PA - outside of Wilkes-Barre) and I still have a few relatives up there. We're practically kin. If you ever need some temp help around hunting season just let me know...

  3. Jaclyn- Can't wait to see you as well. Winterfest is always a blast!

    CTT- It was a tough decision for sure, but I think I made the right one. Time will tell.

    FWIW, if you're ever up this way, you're welcome to hunt with me anytime! Plains is about an hour from huntin' camp.