Thinking about this some more.@Trying2keepitReal inspired this thread. It's something that's on my mind often.
My farm is very very good for my physical health. However, I currently could not maintain the property or our SS adventures without DH.
I'm stopping now because it's difficult to think about everything I can't do (yet?) Maybe we can learn from each other an solve some of these problems so we are more capable of managing when our spouses/partners/family are unable to do their typical SS tasks.
- Pasture mowing / bush hogging
- Making hay
- Sorting sheep, catching and moving them, such as for shearing and loading culls/market lambs for auction
- Castrating lambs
- Trimming hooves (I could probably learn this I have done goat hooves a couple times, but no guarantee my grip strength is sufficient)
- Anything preventative health - DH is a veterinarian so I have never needed to learn anything about it.
- Harvesting and butchering - DH does everything from grazing to primal cuts. I can manage from there. I have done rabbits (hated it) and can do chickens after DH skins them. I can't pluck chickens because of grip strength, even the scalding them part is not within my abilities (we have a mechanical plucker)
- Cutting wood for heat, and getting it dried, and moved to the house, and moving more wood to the house in winter
- Anything outdoors in cold weather. I have cold intolerance and touching metal items in winter (bucket handles, hydrant handle, latches) is excruciating painful. This is why I don't raise rabbits, opening cage latches for daily care was too painful in winter.
I work in bursts. My lungs only allow so much stress at a time. Overdo it and I'll have issues for days. Better to take a chair and have 5 minute breaks regularly so I get it all done without issue.