|Historic farmsteads had a variety of functional outbuildings beyond the house: barn, hog houses, chicken houses, garage,|
shops, cribs plus pens for livestock - homes to a menagerie.
|Here and there a duck, duck.|
|Few farms were without a flock of chickens - roosters and |
eggs for the table and more eggs to fill 15 or 30 dozen crates
to take to town on Saturday night. Egg and cream income
could support the weekly grocery bill.
Among the cattle on most farms were a few milk cows. A bit of the whole milk went on the table, the rest went through the cream separator. Skim milk mixed well with ground feed for the hogs; the cream went with eggs to town on Saturday night and generated enough revenue for the weekly groceries. It was a great business model for the times.
|Cattle and hogs were the most popular livestock for the family|
farm but sheep had their place in the farm economy of 60+
The changes from 1950’s and earlier farming practices to those of today were all conscious decisions made by smart people. On a macro level, our area agricultural industry is unprecedented in terms of production levels, quality of product, efficiency and many other metrics. But there has been a price. We’ve lost something that is now only a memory for decreasing numbers of us. Sad.
This article first appeared in the September, 2013 issue of Sutton Life Magazine. Contact Jarod Griess at 402-984-4302 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information about this publication dedicated to the Sutton community.