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wrightcattle
Veteran Advisor

Re: Hopefully SO, Sounds good if some are

nt

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nwobcw
Advisor

Re: Are American children still used in farm labor?

I don't think this bailey guy is for real.
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Kay/NC
Honored Advisor

Re: Are American children still used in farm labor?

FYI:Google " age-appropriate farm chires for children". The lists you will get at given ages are better guidelines than you can imagine.

We had our children help, as safety and common sense allowed. Grandson is three, already knows a lot about animals, equipment, etc. His preschool teacher says he arrives and starts " fixing things"!

My theory is children would rather work than play...they know work is " important". There is, of coutse, a fine line between involving them and exploiting them.
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wcmifarmer
Contributor

Re: Are American children still used in farm labor?

Well said Kay.
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JonBailey64
Veteran Contributor

Re: Are American children still used in farm labor?

i lived in Novato, California. There are surronding rolling grassy hills and milk cows all up in the hills where I used to hike with my dogs. There were public trails and gates. There were signs warning about being aware of free-ranging bulls but never about cows with calfs. The areas where free-ranging bull signs were posted were on fences whereby the property was closed to the public anyway. The public was not allowed into areas with free-ranging bulls. These cows were black and white Holsteins. North Marin and Sonoma Counties are dairy country. 

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Shaggy98
Senior Advisor

Re: Are American children still used in farm labor?

If your basing your judgement on the presence of the warning signs you see along a public trail you are witnessing reduced liability labels at best which have absolutely nothing to do with farm labor and farm safety.  Agriculture animals are just that, they are not pets no madder how tame they become.  We can train on and safe guard nearly every square inch of farm property and machinery on any given farm, but there is nothing we can do about stupidity of the uneducated public.

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buckfarmer
Senior Contributor

Re: Are American children still used in farm labor?

When we had a bull, it was always the most gentle animal on the farm. If not it went to someone else's farm. (Bailey, that means we sold any agresive bull we owned). Don't know anyone who uses anything other than a tractor or skid steer to clean barns. Dairy cows don't have calves.
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buckfarmer
Senior Contributor

Re: Are American children still used in farm labor?

Operating tractors and combines in a mile long by mile wide flat field is much safer than some of the other things on your list. There are very few adults I would trust to run a $300000 combine. A well trained "kid" who makes good decisions would be better than 99% of adults. Bailey I hope you are gaining some perspective from what we try to communicate to you here. Seems you just believe what you see on television or read in some book. Most of it seems a few decades behind the times.
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sw363535
Honored Advisor

Re: Are American children still used in farm labor?

California .................... that explains it.   Opinions based on opinions of others opinions.    and No experience.

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