Farming with Arthritis

The typical day for a farmer starts with chores, which usually include bending and kneeling to milk cows, lifting and twisting to feed animals, climbing in and out of tractors, and cleaning the barn. Though it may be enjoyable to spend time taking care of the animals and spending the day in the fields, doing these chores can provoke pain from arthritis, chronic inflammation of the joints, making it more difficult to complete them. Luckily for Wisconsin farmers, Wisconsin is home to the Arthritis Foundation and many resources to aid farmers facing the challenges associated with arthritis and farm work. Jessica Graser, Arthritis Foundation’s Program and Event Coordinator, stated the astounding fact that over 1 million people in Wisconsin suffer from arthritis. Another astonishing fact is there are more than 100 identified types of arthritis, and although research is trying to narrow down the cause of each type, there are no ...
August 2, 2015
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Social Wellness and Farmers

Many people perceive farming as a sunny day spent holding kittens and driving the tractor through the beautiful fields of the countryside. Pictures show and stories tell us about the good things that farmers want to share. It comes as a shock to some to realize that whistling along during a bliss-filled day’s work on the tractor isn’t the typical day on the farm. It’s tough out there in the country. Getting soaked from the rain, boots filling to the rim with manure, spending the majority, if not all, of the night with a new calf or foal, and worrying every day about the farm as a business to support the family are the real sounds and snapshots of farming. Living and making a living out in the country isn’t what most folks think. A farm is a business. And if there is too much rain, or the herd gets ...
July 1, 2015
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Safety on the Farm

  Safety is important in everyday life, especially with farm jobs that involve handling animals and heavy machinery. It is estimated that approximately 38,740 farmers are working with disabilities; many of these are injuries from farm incidents. Safety on the farm is achieved through tasks that are a daily part of their lives, whether it is making sure that all the chemicals from milking are put away, or skillfully using the skid steer to clean the barn. Even the smallest adjustments on dairy farms can provide a better, safer environment.   Daily chores can be hard on the farmer’s joints, from all of the bending and kneeling during milking and feeding, to repetitive arm, wrist and shoulder movements; many farmers use creative shortcuts and other ways to get through chores more quickly. These may seem like good ideas to the farmer, since more work can be done with the time saved, right? But ...
June 1, 2015
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