There's more to farming than dirt, cows, and a pair of bib overalls.
Growing up on a farm and working at a veterinary clinic has taught me much about farm animals.
This is my specialty. Cows and cattle have been a part of my life since before I can remember, and it reflects in how this topic is something I am very knowledgeable in.
Love the range and ranch life. An understanding and knowledge of what's involved makes me some sort of an "expert" in this category.
My involvement with beef cattle tends to lead into dairy as well. University studies on the dairy industry and its management and production practices have educated me enough to make me eligible enough to be a legit "expert" and Supervisor of this category.
Cattle reproduction is more than just putting the bull out with a bunch of cows. There's things like genetics, nutrition, physiology and behaviour that is all integrated into this important part of cattle production, be it beef or dairy.
It's more than just throwing a cow out to pasture. What makes a bovine healthy and productive has everything to do with what it's fed and how nutritious that feed is.
You would be surprised at how many breeds exist in the world. Many I'm familiar with, from their physical characteristics to their history.
Having worked with a large animal veterinarian for a couple years, and living and working on a farm where the health of our cattle was a necessary thing to deal with, such experiences have been very helpful in my ability to acquire a lot of knowledge on cattle health. I am, however, no veterinarian, and I will make note of that in any applicable answer.
The vast majority of the world's dairy herd is made up of Holstein cattle--that's 95 percent. Since I am already knowledgeable in the activities of the dairy industry, it should come to no surprise that I am also very familiar with this breed.
The second-most popular dairy breed in the world, this is also a breed I am familiar with in regards to the dairy industry.
My fifth-favorite breed, there's a lot I can tell and understand regarding Angus cattle, from the good to the bad to the downright ugly.
-The Wild Rose, the Provincial Flower of Alberta, Canada, and what blooms quite often in June to July at home on the farm
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- Scenery at Lake Louise in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.
- WhiskeyJack, the posing steer.
I am not ashamed to admit that I am an avid agriculturalist, cattlewoman (though an armchair one), farmgirl, have a mild to moderate obsession with everything to do with cattle, as well as agriculture; not to mention I'm also a devoted WikiAnswerer. However, this is not the only site where I can "flaunt my stuff" and share information and even rant about what I am passionate about. Hubpages (http://wildrosebeef.hubpages.com), my blog Truth About Animal Agriculture (http://truthaboutanimalag.blogspot.com) and wikiHow (http://www.wikiHow.com) are two of the most popular writing sites I love to frequent, the former link you can find in the bar above this profile. CattleToday.com and BackYardHerds.com are two popular forums I can be found on as well.
WikiHow.com is a site where I can share my knowledge about farming and cattle by writing how-to articles to potentially (and hopefully) help those know what to expect when dealing with farm life and looking after cattle. It is literally an on-line How-To manual, one which is growing with how-to articles on a daily basis. My profile and the articles I've wrote or contributed to can be seen here: http://www.wikihow.com/User:WildRoseBeef
As far as this site is concerned, my main stomping-ground lies in the Cows and Cattle categories. Some information that you may find helpful regarding these beasts is as follows:
- Cows are mature female bovines that have had a calf. Cows are those that are over 2 years of age.
- NEVER refer a cow as a "he."
- There is no such thing as a male cow or a female cow. A cow is a female, period.
- Bulls are intact males that are used for breeding. There are no such thing as a female bull or a male bull. Bulls are male, period.
- Steers are castrated male bovines. They can also be called bullocks.
- Heifers are female bovines that have not had a calf.
- A calf is the young of a cow.
- Gestation period for a cow is 9 months or ~285 days.
- Don't confuse Estrus with Estrous. Estrous is the period that a female animal experiences "heat" periods and "no-heat" periods. Estrus is the period where a female is in heat.
- Cows DO NOT have periods (also called the Menstrual cycle). This is ONLY a human thing.
- Heifers are ready to breed at 15 months of age.
- Heifers become cows when they calve at 24 months of age.
- Cattle can be dangerous even when they don't mean it.
- NOT ALL BULLS HAVE HORNS. A bull isn't necessarily a bull if it doesn't have horns. Cows can have horns too, and they can also have no horns. So NEVER judge the sex of a bovine by its horns.
- Milk is generated by the udder of a cow.
- Male cattle cannot make milk.
- Milk DOES NOT have pus in it. If it would cows, or any mammals of any sort, would not exist as they do today.
- It won't rain if you see a cow laying down.
- Cow tipping is a myth.
- Cattle don't sleep standing up
- Cattle chew what is called cud, which is just regurgitated partly-digested feed.
- Cattle have ONE stomach with FOUR chambers. They are called Ruminants.
- Cattle eat grass and hay, thus are HERBIVORES.
- Cattle do not have upper incisors, only lower ones. They do, however, have top and bottom molars.
- Backgrounding means young weaned steers and heifers being fed a forage-based diet (of primarily grass and hay) before going in a hot finisher diet.
- Cow-calf simply is an operation that raises cows with calves.
- Finishing cattle means cattle go on a higher-nutrient diet to gain weight quicker before being slaughtered.
- When asking a question about "cows" in general, be more specific of what kind of "cow" you are referring to: Open (unpregnant) cow? Heifer? Bred Heifer? Lactating cow? Dairy cow? Beef cow? Steer? Bull? Young cow? Old cow? Also remember to try to post age and possibly weight of the cows in question. You can do this by posting in the discussion area of your question.
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- And most importantly, VANDALISM IS PROHIBITED.
So, if you have any other questions relating to cattle, feel free to contact me via email or my message board and I'll do my best to help you out.
- ShorthornX steer and buddies in a green lush pasture. On the far left is a Charolais steer; on the far right, is a Limousin steer. The others are RA (red angus) crosses.
-Charolais-Hereford cross steer doing very well on pasture...just look at the rear on this guy!
- Chow time! Mutt steers devouring the good hay that I fed them. From left to right: Hereford-Red AngusX, Charolais-HerfX, and Limmi/Red AngusX.
- A few soggy Angus, AngusX and SimmiX calves a couple days after they arrived to their new home.
- Red Angus and a brockle-face. It's autumn here, ready for the snows to come anytime.
-Charolais steer and friend
I am born and raised a farm girl, with farming in my blood coming from both parents' side. I was raised on a mixed farm, or one that raises crops and livestock, north of a small town in a large area of the province that the government calls Northern Alberta (we are, in fact, located near the central point of Alberta, not in the northern area). On this 320-acre farm, we (being my parents and I) bought and sold stocker steers, raised our own hay, and grew barley and canola cash crops. My Dad also farmed his brother's and dad's quarter sections too, though in the past 10 years prior to him passing on suddenly (and albeit unexpectedly), it was just his brother's quarter section (160 acres) he farmed in addition to his own two quarter sections. Grandpa's quarter section had been rented out to a neighbour. Today, as I sit here typing this, these other quarter sections are also rented out by this same neighbour, only this neighbour now owns what was Grandpa's land. Yes, times do change, for better or for worse.
Farming in my ancestral roots dates back to times my ancestors were living in Sweden and Scotland, as well as in Germany and even for a short time in the United States before the Revolutionary War. On my father's side, my great-grandpa we call Pa came over from Sweden in the early 1910's to work in the coal mines down in Nevada for several years before heading north to Alberta. There he became a dad to 2 boys, a grandpa to 11 grandchildren, and now a great-grandpa to over 50 great-grandchildren, including me. Pa, unfortunately, died tragically many years before I was born from being crushed by a bull. On my mom's side, her roots date back to the Loyalists who fled to Canada during the Revolutionary War in the United States. Many of my great-great-great-great or great-great or whatever-grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc., were involved in agriculture and farming.
- Harvest time. Dad's harvesting barley here. The trees are almost in their golden glory, but not quite.
- Me getting in a bit of last-minute enjoyment of the company our beef steers before they go to the feedlot. I believe I am only +/- 12 years old here.
But my first really scary experience was when I think just turned 4 years old. I was playing with some toys by the fence when all of a sudden I heard this CRACK!! POP!! I looked up and seen this huge white shape come leaping out of the corral by the barn at me! That caused me to scream bloody murder and run hell-bent straight for the house. Dad, working at the quonset like he always did, heard me and came running as fast as he could for me, and met me right at the house's door. I was just terrified, pointing and screaming something like "The bull got out! The bull got out!" He got me calmed down a little, put me inside where Mom was there to soothe my shattered nerves, and must've went out to check where that Charolais bull had gone to. Apparently, as Dad had told me when I was older, that Charolais bull was so surprised from the reaction he got when he attempted his escape, he just kinda stopped, stunned a bit by this tiny little banshee screaming bloody murder and running away to the house!
-Charolais steer, same breed as the bull that scared me in the previous story.
He started me by having me handle the hot-shot or electric cattle prod. By golly did I ever get good at it! After a year or so of that, he let me get in with the cattle to help sort and herd them into the handling facility to get them needled and processed. He also had me start on looking for signs for sick calves (weaned steers that had just arrived), and to let him know if/when I seen any. I think I was around 8 years of age when I seen my first dead steer. I didn't know what to think; it was sad, and yet kinda, well, odd. But please don't ask me why.
However, my first time I've ever seen a steer kill another steer was a day I'll never forget.
It was a sunny day, and Dad was busy with the mix-mill crushing up barley and blowing it into the chop house. I came out to watch what he was doing, then started running towards him when the tractor horn started honking like crazy. There, to my absolute horror, was a brown white-faced steer with horns that must've measured around 2 feet long from tip to tip (the individual horn on his head was probably around 10 inches long), holding his horn ruthlessly to the throat of another steer. This steer was another horned animal, a Charolais, and as Dad was honking madly and I was running towards the action, I seen that poor Charolais steer's lips, nose and tongue turn blue, and his legs were thrashing madly in the losing battle for his life. Then just like that, the life left him. Suddenly, either from the tractor door slamming open, or me hollering at Dad, that brown-white-faced murderer fled the scene with the rest of the herd. Dad was hollering at that white steer to get up, but I had to yell as loud as I could, over and over, "HE'S DEAD, DAD!!! HE'S DEAD, HE WON'T GET UP ANYMORE!!!" After Dad shut off the tractor I was finally able to explain what I'd seen (of course after he asked me what the hell happened). We were both devastated, maybe him more than me. We had to get tie up the steer and haul him out to the back pasture where Nature would take care of him. Man, it was horrible. I can't remember how old I was then, but I think I may have been around 12 or 13 at the time. Until that day, I had never believed that cattle had the capability of murdering each other. And it was that day that Dad realized that it was no use going around having cattle horned like they were. Since then, he has dehorned every steer that has stepped on this property.
-Our "stag" bull that came with the 2004-05 steer herd. A quiet boy, but we had no room for bulls on our farm.
It was, I believe, during Reading Week (in the middle of February), and in my second year of my studies at University that this took place. I had been bored with being cooped up in the house for the last few days, and thought I would take a bit of a walk out in the corrals to visit the cattle. I hadn't asked Dad whether he had put the bulls in yet, as I thought I would just go out and have a look myself. A few weeks before, I had been out with the camera taking pictures of the three bulls I found, as well as the steer with an abscess on his shoulder. So, this day, I thought maybe it would be a good idea to get those bulls in while I could. Dad had been tossing the idea around with me and Mom, but apparently he was a bit busy with other things that he didn't have the time. I think I said I could do it for him, but he said it's okay, he'll get them in another time. But, me being me, I figured, gosh darn it, these three are already showing signs of bullying the other steers, it's better to do it now or it'll never get done! I tried at first by herding them into the smaller corral one by one. After ten or 15 minutes of unsuccessful attempts, I sat on the fence to catch my breath and think. And a plan, albeit a very good plan, came into my head, from what I had been studying at University:
"Cattle are herd animals, they work better in a herd environment than if they were handled individually. It's less stress on them and the handler."
BINGO! So with this cunning and shrewd plan in mind, I closed the gate by the barn, closed the gate that had access to the side pasture (first making sure none of my "victims" where in there [the "victims being the three bulls and one abscessed steer]), and opened up the gate that gave them access to the front. Then I walked to the back of the big main corral, and started herding and pushing the several groups of steers that were either eating at the several bales or lying down chewing their cud, up towards the front. At that time, we had over 85 steers. Then I used the flight-zone technique that Temple Grandin (http://www.grandin.com) has talked about, and herded them, calmly though, towards the opening to the front corral, partly herding them from behind and partly letting them see it themselves. There were already a couple bales of hay setting for them right there, which worked out perfectly, and they went straight for them. I let half of the herd in to the front, then shut the gates, and checked to see if any of my "victims" choose to stay behind. After carefully scouring the group that was left behind, and satisfied none of the bulls or abscessed steer had snuck behind, I went in to do the sorting.
- The three bulls I had to separate from the steer herd Winter of 2006; these are the "before" pictures
-The "after" picture in the spring with an additional member (just to calm them down a bit); the fourth steer I had to get in is on the far right.
I've never been more proud of myself then. Dad and Mom were pretty surprised, and quite proud, when I told them I got those four animals in by myself. I know Dad appreciated the help, as he had a lot of things to do, and didn't have the time to go chasing after a few bulls by himself. I think he was waiting for the chance for someone to help him get them in, but didn't bargain on someone getting them in all by themselves. Of course, he's handled cattle by himself before, but there's always things to do on a farm, often more than what a body can handle in a single day!
- I can easily tell which is which between these two hooligans.
- our Magnum 7240 Case IH tractor pulling our pull-type 1430 (?) Harvester (we called it the combine.)
-Whoops! Auger blew down in a windstorm around the fall of 1996. Luckily nobody was around to be injured or worse.
Tractors and machinery aren't really my thing, unless I'm driving them. As far as mechanics go, I'm usually worse at sorting out mechanical stuff than I am figuring out what is wrong with a sick cow. I can tell the difference between a cap bolt and a lag bolt, and know what a screwdriver, a socket wrench and a open-ended wrench is, and I also know that it's "lefty-loosy, righty-tighty" for most bolts and screws, but other than that, I'm at a bit of a disadvantage. But hey, I'm willing to learn.
I actually first started learning to drive when I was around 16, and first learned on the big blue grain truck, which was a standard. Dad had me learn on this truck because he was wanting to do some silaging, and needed a couple trucks (me in one, mom in another) to help him with silaging. You'd think I would've got my learner's by then, but you'd be wrong. When I started learning on the old Ford (which was automatic), things progressed from there, from obtaining a Learner's Permit in 2009 to getting my probationary Graduated Driver's License in 2011. A couple years later, with at least a thousand hours of experience behind the wheel (especially driving the winter roads like the crappy winter of 2012-13, and having to travel a half-hour to work and a half-hour back home again), I've had a clean driving record (knock on wood!) and may get my actual Class 5 sometime in the future.
-silaging time, using the silage dump wagon instead of the trucks.
- Be where the operator can see you, whether he is on a tractor, on a swather or in a combine.
- Always let someone know where you are going and when you will be back at all times
- Never overestimate your strength and speed when handling both machinery and livestock
- Always have an escape route
- NEVER climb over a running/spinning PTO shaft. ALWAYS walk around the machine to get to the other side.
- ALWAYS make sure the tractor and/or machine is turned off before you climb in to fix something or have a look at something.
- Check that the machine you are about to turn on is in the NEUTRAL or PARK position BEFORE you turn it on. Also, be aware of what's around you before you turn the machine on OR start moving. If any children are in the area, make sure they are at a safe distance (which is at least 50 to over 100 feet away) and that they STAY where they are. NO exceptions!
- If a child is wanting to go somewhere away from where you are working, make sure you have told the child before hand that it is very important that they tell you where they are going before they go ANYWHERE.
- When working from any machinery, always keep an eye for things that are beside and behind you, don't just focus on what's in front of you.
- Do not wear loose clothing nor wear your hair loose
- Wear eye/ear/foot protection when and where possible
- Be aware of your state of mind. If you are feeling tired, stop what you're doing and go have a coffee break or a short nap. Fatigue tends to be the number one cause in farm accidents and deaths related to farm accidents.
- NEVER get complacent around machinery OR livestock, as complacency is also a killer.
- Never EVER step in the area where grain is being fed out by an auger, as you could get caught up in the auger shaft or get buried alive by the shifting grain pile
- NEVER have children play in a grain bin with grain in it, no matter if it's full or not. I've heard a few stories where some kids died of suffocation when they got trapped in a grain pile that suddenly shifted on them
- ALWAYS keep shovels, pant legs, sleeves, collars, loose hair, etc., away from a running auger or PTO shaft
- Never get confident that hydraulics will always work and keep in place, because they can and will fail
- NEVER TRUST A BULL, though horses are known to kill more humans than bulls are, and NEVER make a pet out of a bull, EVER.
- When children are around machinery loose gates or panels or even livestock, adult supervision is MANDATORY.
- Store chemicals and pesticides away in a locked secure area
- ALWAYS watch the power lines, especially with transporting augers
- Farm machinery are NOT toys, so NEVER let a child climb up in a tractor by him/herself and expect him to know that anything he pushes or pulls won't cause the tractor to move or start to operate. If necessary, remove the keys from the ignition when machine is not in operation.
- Wear proper clothing when working machinery and working with animals. NEVER operate machinery or work with farm animals in high-heels or loafers. Safety boots, tight or regular-fit work-type blue jeans, a shirt and a jacket, as well as gloves and a hat, are the best for working on the farm.
- USE YOUR COMMON SENSE! Often it's better to listen to your gut instinct instead of your intellect. If you are second guessing yourself, chances are it's not worth the risk to take.
- REMEMBER Murphy's Law: Anything bad that CAN happen, WILL happen.
- If you have any questions, please ask. And for heaven sakes BE SAFE!!
- Me shovelling dried accumulated cow crap out of our little old barn.
- Sunset over the barley field.
- Picturesque portion of a Twister grain bin
-Lightning over the farm
-"Little" tornado that was, thankfully, short-lived but touched down near the farm...yes, Alberta does get its tornadoes too.
- Button sitting nice and lady-like
Both cats are just as homey as the other; Spider even more so. Occasionally Muffy will disappear for a day or two, but she always comes back; she knows there's lots of love and food here for her. She's a lot more shy and nervous than him, as she'll only come out of hiding when me or my mom are around, she won't for anyone else. Yep, she's a one-woman cat, and when it's just me or mom out in the garden or pulling weeds or doing something, she's always gotta be right under your nose!
Spider's friendly with everybody, including young children and complete strangers. But he's a squirrel-killer. I think over the past couple of summers he's killed and eaten about 20 squirrels that have wandered into our yard and made themselves known. He'll also guard, fight and chase stray cats away from home. He's a bloody chicken when it comes to rain, big machinery, coyotes and dogs. We do have plenty of coyotes around on the farm, but these two cats are really smart; they know when and where to hide of a stray dog or a wandering 'yote comes passing through! They do have their tiffs, being siblings, but the fights are always very breif; just some hissing, spitting and charging with a short sharp yowl from one or the other and its over.
- My babies! These are Button and Spider when they're only around 7 weeks old
- Good ol' Spider
- The Hunter's Look: Button a.k.a Muffy among pink geraniums.
- A curious steer trying to make friends with my other big ol' farm cat, Spider. The dark "thing" on the left is Button.
Yes I did get bit by a dog when I was a kid. I had to have 30 stitches done to my face and inside my mouth from that, and wouldn't look at myself in the mirror for weeks when I had those stitches. I admit that it wasn't the dog's fault that I got bit, but it was more mine (and maybe my uncle's) because I trusted too much that that dog would just stand there and let me pet him instead of turning on me and latching on to me like he did. I shouldn't say it was my uncle's fault because I don't even think he knew if that dog was good with kids or not, nor thought that that dog would turn on me like that. It all happened so quick and everyone was caught off guard, so I cannot blame anyone but myself for my innocent stupidity for making that happen.
And you'd think that after that near-death experience that I would hate or not want to have ANYTHING to do with dogs after that, right? Wrong. I did not lose my fear of dogs nor do I hate them, but from that bad experience, I gained so much more respect for them and for their capabilities than I ever have in the past. I know now that it's not wise to approach a strange dog, but to let him come to you. I've also learned to give dogs their space, especially those you don't know, and don't force them into a situation that they are not comfortable with.
When I started watching The Dog Whisperer by Cesar Millan, I learned more things about how to handle and act around strange dogs than I ever have with any other dog book I've read. I've even used his techniques on my cats, with the correct mind set of being calm and assertive, and I'll be damned if it doesn't work! I plan on using these techniques in the future if/when I have or want to be with or communicate with a dog or even a cat. I have a few books of his, one on the first 3 seasons of The Dog Whisperer, and the others include Cesar's Way, A Part of the Family, and Be the Pack Leader. I plan on getting more of his books soon. They're well worth the read, for anybody who owns a dog or two or wants to own a dog.
- Sunset over Shoal Lake, taken from an airplane
I love photography. I love photography so much that I love sharing different photos of things I've taken. I've also recently acquired a good dSLR camera (a Canon Rebel EOS XS) with a couple different lenses for taking *better* pictures, as I haven't been happy with my latest camera, a Fujifilm S1000 (thank God it's off the market, as it's not the greatest nor versatile camera you can have) that I got a few years ago. The two best photos I have shared below is taken from my little Fujifilm point-and-shoot camera, a Fuji A500 camera. I plan on getting, with a bit of tweaking and lots of learning, the same kind of shots below with my new Rebel as I have with my second best camera, the A500 Fujifilm.
A good book for learning about Digital Photography is a 7-books-in-1 book called Digital Photography for Dummies, 2nd edition. I actually bought that book before I was able to get my dSLR camera, its worth the read when trying to figure things out like aperture, f-stops, ISO readings, etc.
- Blue-Eyed Grass
- Winter scenery on a calm day
- Alberta Legislature building among apple blossoms
- After a storm
- Pyramid Mountain overlooking a frozen Pyramid Lake in Jasper National Park
- Sunset over the farm
-Juxtaposition showing one colourful Mountain Ash leaf
-Western Tanager making a stop in its migration north in our Mountain ash tree
-"Pet" Boreal Chickadee
-"Unkown" snowy mountains near Kananaskis in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta
I also was (kinda still is) good at art, painting and drawing. But now it seems that drawing only comes when the mood strikes, which is really occasionally (or once or twice a year). I haven't worked on much sketches in a while, but these ones below are just a few of what I've done over the years. A lot of the art work has been self-taught, but I've also taken art classes from school and as an extra-curricular activity to expose myself to the many different types of art work that can be done besides sketching and painting.
- Texas Longhorn bull that I sketched
- Zebra sketch
- Brahman cow
- Wild Horses
- A good head rest
- Windy and Misty - a couple horses I drew for a friend of mine
As far as listening to music, lately listening to country music on the radio is a favourite past time. My favourite artists are the following:
- Imagine Dragons (the only non-country favourite band I can attest I actually like)
- Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans
- Paul Brandt
- Zac Brown Band
- George Canyon
- George Strait
- Johnny Reid
- Rascal Flatts
- Miranda Lambert
- John Denver
- Alan Jackson
- Keith Urban
- Brad Paisley
- Prairie Oyster
- Charlie Major
- Lady Antebellum
- The Band Perry
- Early riser
-Hereford and Hereford cross cows near the Rocky Mountains west of Calgary, Alberta
As a part of my learnings from school, both with grade-school and University, I believe when answering questions, spelling and grammar is important. I can get a little carried away with my answers and sometimes miss out on proper grammar and a little on spelling, so I appreciate those who make those little minor changes to my answers when I occasionally miss out on proper grammar. (And thank God for spell check!) With my Major, I am also able to answer questions as concisely and scientifically as possible without overdoing it, or putting too much information to a question, to the point where you're either not answering the question at all, or answering it in such a way that it directs away from what the question is asking. See, with University, you've got to know how to write papers and thesis's, as well as researching the things needed for those papers. When I'm researching a subject for a paper, more than likely there's a chance I'll learn something new. But here's a list of most of the subjects I took in University that has obviously helped me answer those questions I have come across on WikiAnswers:
- Forage and Pasture Management*
- Rangeland Management (including philosophies, principles and practices)*
- Beef Cattle Science*
- Dairy Cattle Science*
- Reproductive Physiology of Animals*
- Digestive Physiology of Livestock
- Physiology of Animals (the topics that aren't covered under reproductive and digestive phys.)
- Swine Nutrition
- Ruminant Nutrition*
- Animal Behaviour/Psychology/Welfare*
- Animal Health and Diseases
- Companion Animals (including horses, dogs, cats, reptiles and birds)
- Soil Science
- Plant Science (of basic knowledge of physiology and plant structure)
- Crop Science
- Bench in front of the Rutherford House at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
- The old Arts Building
- The Agricultural Sciences building--This is the one I go to the most in my studies
Now being a Supervisor comes with its challenges. You would think as a contributor there's a lot of things to figure out, but becoming a Supervisor there's even more things to figure out and deal with, everything from warning and blocking vandals to merging and batch splitting questions. One thing that sure helps a lot is having a mentor to guide you through the stages of becoming a good or even a great supervisor. So I have to thank Hooweestik for taking the time to give me guidance and answer any questions I had about the responsibilities that comes with being a Supervisor.
For those of you reading this and thinking and wondering about become a Super yourselves, I have some words of wisdom for you: Don't take it literally, nor take it for granted. Don't abuse your powers either. And don't become a Supervisor just to show people you are smarter or better than others. Becoming a Supervisor is kinda like earning your driver's license--it's a privilege, not a must-have or must-be. Supervisors are chosen because of their good to excellent quality-contributions they've made on this site, and wish to help other current supervisors to make Answers.com a better place. For others, beware of the repercussions that you may face if you abuse your powers. Those other Senior Supervisors have the power to take this away from you if you abuse your powers in the ways of cyber-bullying other contributors or other Supervisors, being overly arrogant, disrespectful and belligerent to others, or just simply not behaving like a good Supervisor should. You could either have the Supervisor powers taken away from you, or be all-together banned from the site. It's sort of like when a police man catches you red-handed drinking and driving and suspends your license for a year or so, and even throws you in jail if the consequences are more serious. Though abusing your Super powers on WikiAnswers won't result in life-or-death situations like that would happen when you drink and drive, you still will get a bad record for your misbehavior.
Of course, being courteous to others, not cyber-bullying or being a "poo" disturber (for lack of a less coarser term) on here goes with ALL other contributors on this site, whether you are signed on as a member or not. If you have signed on for the purpose of vandalizing this site, you will be either warned or blocked. I do not tolerate vandalism on this site, and you will get a warning from me if it's that serious.
Don't come on to my message board telling me to not post on your message board again or whining about why you got warned or "what did I do wrong?" sort of thing. Because if you do I will be more than happy to tell you this: I am a Supervisor. I have every right to warn you and reprimand you for your misbehavior and vandalism. Telling me to not post on your message board again is certainly not going to help matters, as I do not listen to those fools who decide to have some "fun" and post a bunch of bull$h** on here. As to those who whine and "wonder" to me about what they did wrong, read the warning I posted, have a look at the Help Center on Vandalism, and check your contributions to see what you did wrong. Most of the time you already know what you did wrong, and acting dumb or innocent won't get you anywhere. And if you don't care about being kicked off the site, fine. Your loss.
Despite the hard-arsed attitude I have for vandals, I am not all that bad and am always available to help. But always remember:
- The result of a young kitty cat (Spider) that got a little too curious at an "innocent-looking" pail of water!