Do My Job: Cook Family Farm Worker
He can predict the weather, but does he have what it takes to make it on a farm?
In this week’s Do My Job, Doppler 9&10 Chief Meteorologist Tom O’Hare goes to work at the Cook Family Farm.
Meet Tom Cook and his daughter Amber, one of eleven children that make the Cook Family Farm work.
My first job is feeding the baby chicks.
After filling feed buckets, I’m thrown into the barn.
There’s so many, I don’t want to step on one!
This isn’t "back breaking work" and it doesn’t take a lot of time, but you do work up a sweat and there’s a lot of bending over.
We are headed to the pasture to move the older chickens’ pens, but first I need to fill seven buckets of feed!
All we are doing is moving the pens up about 15 feet, so the young chickens have green grass to eat.
As Tom pulls them, the kids and I and do our best to keep the chickens out of the way.
I asked Tom, "You guys do this once a week?”
He said, “No, every day.”
The pens are moved, and now I feed them.
They really are hungry!
Two jobs done, on to the next one and already sweating like crazy.
Sweating like a horse. These aren’t normal horses; Prince and Pete are work horses.
Once in, I brush down Pete and collar him up. Not bad, but putting on the harness is a different story.
I eventually got Pete harnessed.
I hook the team and head out!
We attached the spreader, and it’s time to do the dirty work!
In lieu of the pitchfork, we go with the tractor, and I’m all for that!
Time to spread, or fly in this case.
It’s raining manure. Sure wish I had worn my hat!
Then, it’s back inside to clean up, wash then package eggs.
“You are supposed to put the small end down."
Meet Waneta Cook, she made this whole experience happen.
"Our meat, our animals that then becomes meat that goes onto some families tables, we want to make sure that meat is healthy," explains Waneta.
That’s very important to them. The animals are GMO free. They don’t eat genetically modified feed.
And of course my last segment of the day, the turkey farm!
It’s another round of feeding. They follow me all around the field. One even jumping on the top of the bucket to eat.
My day is finally done.
I asked Tom how I did and he said, “You did alright. Yeah, you did good for us. We appreciate your help. It was a good time for us both."