Appropos of OT season, a buddy sent me an article about having livestock or pets when younger, helping to deal with stress better, later in life. I have linked the article below, but some quotes are here:
German researchers recruited men under 40 whose childhoods fit one of two starkly different patterns. Either they had spent the years before they turned 15 in a city of more than 100,000 people and had never had a pet in their childhood home. Or, they spent those years on a farm that raised livestock.
And some of the findings include this:
In their responses to questionnaires as well as in measures of acute physical stress, the study's 20 country boys clearly felt the heat of the social challenge more strongly. Their levels of cortisol — a "fight or flight" hormone — spiked higher, and they reported higher levels of anxiety. But the young men who had grown up petless in big cities showed a more sustained immune response to the social challenge.
However, before anyone gets a too idealized notion of rural living, and farming in particular, lets talk 'Cow Sorting'. This is what you do when you are 'sorting' or dividing up a herd, generally getting ready to keep some, take others to market and/or maybe put some in one field or another. Yesterday's cow sorting with the neighbor included carrying a steel gate around to deflect cows, fortunately sufficient to defend against a spooked bull who weighs a literal ton, and to encourage many other smaller critters (700-1200 lbs) to go one way or another in tight quarters. All of this in an ankle deep soup of cow scat and lots of rain water.
Cow sorting led to 'cow chasing' this morning, as one steer in particular thought he was Cool Hand Luke and escaped. He is back after quite a rodeo involving all the sons, a tractor, the neighbor, a gator, some hockey sticks, etc. But that's not a story you'd be interested in.
Anyway, here's the link:
So my questions to you are:
1. Did you grow up with animals, livestock, farming at all
2. Think the study, in general, might be accurate?