Song for Today: Carl Jackson & Ashley Campbell – Arkansas Farm Boy

This song reminds me of…

The day I became a cowboy

I was born on a wore out, dry land, cotton farm in Erath County, Texas. John Steinbeck had nothing on us in his “Grapes of Wrath.” The old house was underpinned with limestone rocks and had never seen a coat of paint. There was no indoor plumbing. Heating and cooking were done with wood. Light to read and study by at night was provided with kerosene lamps. Entertainment was listening to the Grand Old Opry on a battery powered radio.

We grew cotton and corn and harvested both by hand (Cotton “strippers” were unknown). We had a small dairy herd milked by hand. Mamma had a flock of chickens and we planted a very large garden, the produce from which was preserved to be consumed throughout the year.

I was about 6 or 7 years old when the old man decided I needed a start on becoming a man. My mamma made me my very own cotton sack just before the harvest began. The first day I went to the field and picked 100 lbs of cotton (awesome for a 6-7 year old). The following day I picked 50 lbs of cotton. Not so good. The third day I balked, I refused to even go to the field. And friends and neighbors, THAT WAS THE DAY I BECAME A COWBOY. — jtl, 419

Land & Livestock International, Inc.

This song reminds me of…

The day I became a cowboy

I was born on a wore out, dry land, cotton farm in Erath County, Texas. John Steinbeck had nothing on us in his “Grapes of Wrath.” The old house was underpinned with limestone rocks and had never seen a coat of paint. There was no indoor plumbing. Heating and cooking were done with wood. Light to read and study by at night was provided with kerosene lamps. Entertainment was listening to the Grand Old Opry on a battery powered radio.

We grew cotton and corn and harvested both by hand (Cotton “strippers” were unknown). We had a small dairy herd milked by hand. Mamma had a flock of chickens and we planted a very large garden, the produce from which was preserved to be consumed throughout the year.

I was about 6 or 7 years old when the old…

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About Land & Livestock Interntional, Inc.

Land and Livestock International, Inc. is a leading agribusiness management firm providing a complete line of services to the range livestock industry. We believe that private property is the foundation of America. Private property and free markets go hand in hand—without property there is no freedom. We also believe that free markets, not government intervention, hold the key to natural resource conservation and environmental preservation. No government bureaucrat can (or will) understand and treat the land with as much respect as its owner. The bureaucrat simply does not have the same motives as does the owner of a capital interest in the property. Our specialty is the working livestock ranch simply because there are so many very good reasons for owning such a property. We provide educational, management and consulting services with a focus on ecologically and financially sustainable land management that will enhance natural processes (water and mineral cycles, energy flow and community dynamics) while enhancing profits and steadily building wealth.
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