Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe: Lamb Castration, PETA, and American Labor

Since we’re on the topic of looking at agriculture through different glasses and balancing the interests of the natural and human environments (you didn’t think we were just talking about sheep, did you?), below is a video of an excellent speech given by Dirty Job’s Mike Rowe in 2008.

Rowe’s experience castrating lambs changed his point of view about jobs and more. You’ll have to watch it to find out how.

Lots of folks these days don’t comprehend the connection between agriculture and their everyday lives. They think food and clothing come from stores. They haven’t quite realized what it could mean to them personally if farming and ranching families are driven out of business due to high costs and over-regulation. 

Rowe’s epiphany that he’d been wrong about rubber bands (“elastrators”) being the best way to dock and castrate the quivering little ram lamb is relevant here.

Some folks are convinced that the only way to “save the earth” is to keep it from being used. What if they’re wrong and their method actually results in ruin to our ability to feed and clothe ourselves? What if there’s another way to care for the earth and wildlife, survive and thrive, and save our Western heritage?

What if everyone can get much of what they need, if not everything they want? Can’t we try to find it together?

Remember where American food and fiber comes from: farms and ranches. Remember every time government adds a regulation or restriction to how lands and resources are managed and enjoyed, it has a cost to someone – generally to farmers and ranchers.

Enjoy the video. Don’t miss the underlying message.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-udsIV4Hmc

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I was raised in Northern California on a sheep ranch. I'm passionate about working landscapes – balancing the interests of agriculture, thriving rural communities, and healthy natural resources. My husband Richard – the Professor - is a teacher. We live in Idaho with our horses, dogs, and close-by daughter and her family. I'm taking a trip soon and have attempted to introduce readers to some important backstories that will be helpful to understand the context for my observations. To read them, go to Topics in the sidebar and select Rambles with Ruby.

One thought on “Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe: Lamb Castration, PETA, and American Labor

  1. Thank you for posting this! I didn't think I would watch the whole video but I got pulled in. Working in agriculture is hard work, and the industry is aging and disappearing. Like Mike Rowe said, the US has a warped sense of what work is and until that changes and people are willing to get out and get their hands dirty again, we'll have a struggling economy and have to import all of our food. Great post!

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