Growing up as a farmer's daughter was not easy, there were days of extreme heat mowing hay, and days of bitter wind chills doing outside chores, and the animals have to be taken care of to maintain their health and safety. As a farmer there is no days off especially if you are a dairy farmer. The cattle must be tended to 365 days a year.
Farming has changed much since I lived at home on the farm in the 80's. Corporate farms are taking over and I get that the conditions are not idea for the animals and the land, but there are many farmers still living by a higher standard.
For those that have know idea what life on the farm is like I would like to walk you through a day in the life of a dairy farmer. Of course it depends on the time of year. Summer can be a bit more laid back. Your days starts at about 5:00 am bringing the cows in from the pasture, if you are lucky they all come up when they are called; you see cows get used to a routine and they have their own special spots in the barn; if not you have to go out after them. They come into a heaping pile grain (in the case of my parents the corn was raised and ground on the farm). A cows waits it turn to be milked, the teats disinfected, milked; for most it is around 10 minutes the bucket is on; all the while the cow is licking the manger floor for any left over grain.
Then they are let out to the pasture for the day. While the farmer cleans the manure left behind, tends to the young cattle, grinds the feed if needed, then it's breakfast for the farmer. After breakfast it is out to the field for crop care, hauling manure, baling hay depending on the year. Meanwhile the cows are grazing in the field. Lunch for the farmer, then back out to do maintenance on equipment, gates, etc. Around 4:00pm it is time to ready for the evening milking. Again the cows come in from the pasture, eat their grain, give their 10 minutes of service and go back to the pasture. The farmer cleans up after them. The farmers then finishes up anything that is left undone. Supper for the farmer is usually 8:00. Next day it is the same all over again. Winter chores are much different and a farmer can be tending to the cattle from 5:00am to 9:00pm if they are lucky they will get a couple hours off for lunch. Milking set ups has changed much over the years. For most farmers they take pride in having healthy and happy animals. You do not work that hard to mistreat your livelihood and a farmers animals are like family to them.