It made all the yuppies realize what a long, hard day farmers have, but come on. What farmer buys a new truck? They put all their money into their tractor (and yes, I realize its also associated with Case New Holland) but really a Dodge commerical. They piece together their trucks.
Yea, the yuppies in the cities often have NO idea where their food comes from.
My dad is a farmer. He buys new trucks. (They certainly are NOT
We buy just about everything brand new, including the tractors. But, we take exceptional
care of our equipment, and use it for most of its lifetime. I often can be found using Armor-All on the dashes in the tractors, vaccuming the extra rugs we've put on the floor, and washing the seat covers.
My dad bought his first pickup brand new in 1976 for $5,000. He sold it a couple years ago for $3,000. Granted, it was a rare model that Ford made, but that's some pretty good "holding the value" sale!
Bought the second one in 1993 (brand new). And last year he said he has bought his last new pickup (ie last pickup ever), a brand new custom order 2012 F250.
So yup. Some farmers buy new stuff. And we are by no means a big operation. Just a small family farm and ranch.
This is just me, but I don't differentiate between farmers and ranchers. I honestly don't know *just* a rancher or *just* a farmer, its all mixed in some ways.
Dad is a farmer. But they ran 600 head of cows some years and had prized breeding bulls.
So I think most people understand rancher in the endless job category too
Plus it does discuss weaning and other animal related stuff.
Whiles yes, the majority of "farmers" do indeed do both crops and cattle, I know a lot of people who do only crops (no cattle). And then a handful of people who do only cattle. Or cattle and horses ("ranchers").
They are out there.