Things that Farmers Say!

June 28, 2021

Happy July Everyone!

We have had the luxury of spending some time around a campfire here lately and we thought we would share a list of our favourite farm-inspired idioms, and some things that Andy says that no one else understands.

Earl - this is what Andy calls you if we know you but can't remember your name, which usually happens when he's in a hurry and needs something from you quickly.

A hard row to hoe - this is a task or job that is difficult, or something you're not looking forward to.

'Til the cows come home - a phrase used to describe a very long, or never ending, period of time.

You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink - This phrase is often used to convey stubbornness. You can give someone opportunities, but you can't make them take them.

That black one - One of the least favourite of the girls here, this is something Andy says often when sorting cattle. We have mostly black angus or simmental cattle, which means pretty much all of them are solid black. It doesn't really help when he tells you to sort out "that black one" when all 30 of the ones in the group are all the same colour.

Don't put all of your eggs in one basket - this means that you shouldn't put all of your efforts or resources into only one area. Spreading them out gives you less chance of losing it all, or breaking all of your eggs.

Hit the hay - time for bed!

Coboss - This is what Andy yells to call our cattle when they're out on pasture. Turns out this call actually has Latin roots. Co, which is a shortened version of come, is paired with the Latin "bos" which means cow.

Knee high by the first of July - A common phrase used by most, if not all farmers in the area, it refers to the fact that corn out in the field should be at least to your knees by Canada Day.

Do you have any fun farming phrases that you can share or need definitions for? Let us know in the comments below!

Lisa McNiven

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