Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Sad Today

****Update, my extra level of woe this morning was caused by being turned down for some credit we absolutely needed to stay in business. Our banker found another option this morning so for now....and I guess now is all we get to ask for. Thank you all of you for listening to me and caring. It means a lot.


No good things to report.
Nothing good on the horizon. As I have written about other dairy farms giving up and quitting and good lifelong farmers ending up with nothing left.....hardworking farmers kidding and not in a funny way about becoming Walmart greeters... our own farm has been teetering on the brink.

The brink may be here. I am sad. I don't know who we will be after we sell the cows, if we end up having to sell them. I hope we can hang on. Green grass is so close...maybe four weeks...maybe less. Green grass won't pull us out of the hole, but it would cauterize a couple of the bleeding arteries.

If we can't last it out, well, we can't. Misery loves company and thousands of farms have folded in the past couple of years. There is nothing so special about our tiny operation to make us any better than the thousands of other farm families who couldn't survive on pay prices that are less than two thirds the cost of production.

17 comments:

akaGaGa said...

I wish there was something I could do to prevent this, 3C, but there isn't.

All I can do is encourage you to look up, because a better world awaits where your worth is not measured by the cows you keep.

You and yours are in my prayers.

RM said...

Oh no! So sorry to hear this. I'll be hoping for the very best for you.

Jeffro said...

FWIW, I've been praying for you and yours.

~ Sara ~ said...

Dear friend... praying for you and yours. Don't give up hope just yet...

There are not words of comfort I can give, just know I'm here, thinking, praying, and wishing I could help more than that...

Throwback at Trapper Creek said...

Always thinking of you guys and hoping for the best. The powers that be have no idea what is lost when family farms such as yours are lost.

Most people who work 9 - 5 jobs do not understand the stress of working under the conditions that a family farm in subjected to. No matter how crappy you feel you still have to put in the long hours, and may not be paid. Many people are not capable of performing under those conditions.

Nothing I can say will help, but your special family is in our thoughts!

Crystal Young said...

Hang on. Thinking about you and others in the dairy business. The family farm is just too important for them to all disappear.

www.cdycattle.blogspot.com

The Milk Maid said...

I am so sorry to hear that. I will be praying for you and your family because I know what you are going through. I hope something comes through for you.

prairierunner said...

This is sad to hear......ditto what Nita said and you're all in our thoughts too!

Deb Pierce said...

Stay strong. My prayers are with you.

DayPhoto said...

Could I help? Is there a way for any of us to help you?

Please let us know.

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/

threecollie said...

akagaga, thanks so much. I was so discouraged this morning, but amazingly things worked out at least for the short term. I am grateful for kind words and prayers from my blog friends...they mean a lot to me.

Rose, thank you, as I said to akag, we did work this crisis out after a fashion...bought ourselves a little more time at least. I am hoping so hard to hang on until green grass

Jeffro, I thank you very much for that...and judging by the save-the-day telephone call I got this morning it is working.

Sara, thanks so much for thinking of us when you have so much to deal with yourself. You hang in there too.

Nita, thank you so much. We staved off disaster once again, for a little while at least. I so appreciate the caring of the friends we have made on here...

Chrystal, thank you...we dodged a bullet this time, one that I thought sure would be it. Hopefully things will get better before we get to this place again.

TMM, thank you...this time at least it did and I can't tell you how grateful I am. We had a series of minor, but significant disasters over the past couple of days...steer got loose, wreaked havoc and broke a water line resulting in a flood of Noah-est proportions in the dairy barn...and I actually thought about how bad I would miss stuff like that if we had to sell the cows...

Deb, thank you more than I can say

Linda, you help by caring about us. It means so much. We ended up finding what we needed in an unexpected place and can hang on at least for a little while longer...thanks for being so nice. Take care.

Teri said...

Sending all the white light, prayers, and hugs that I can...I adore you all and value what you are all about.

Ericka said...

i'm so glad you dodged another bullet. that which doesn't kill you is supposed to make me stronger, right?

threecollie said...

Teri, thank you. It means so much to me that you care. You take care of yourself too and thanks again for the kind words.

Ericka, thanks, I am glad too....and I like the way you have that quote. lol

Jessika said...

Hard, hard times indeed. Just know that you are not alone. I can understand that kind of stress, keep the Faith. It's all we've got sometimes. You're such good people and I really hope you can hang on. You're doing a lot to help get the plight of family farms out there.
Praying for you and all of us!

threecollie said...

Jessika, thank you for your kind and gentle words. I am sorry I whined...sometimes I just get overwhelmed and this was one of them.

akaGaGa said...

Alright, 3C, I'm calling you out.

Whining is perfectly acceptable, especially considering all that you've been through the past few years. And what better place to do it than where you'll get some sympathy and prayers?

Apologizing for whining, however, should never be done more than once. So stop it. :)