Farmers take few sick days

Published online: May 25, 2013

Of all the occupations in the U.S., a survey finds that other than physicians, farmers take the fewest sick days off.

But some say that's not necessarily a good thing.

DairyHerd Network says the Gallup/Healthways joint study listed farmers, foresters and fishers, number two on the list. On average, those workers missed just three days of work a year.

While farmers' constant attention has to be on their crops and livestock, many of them work while they are sick. Kansas State University animal scientist Chris Reinhardt urges farmers, however, to take care of their bodies as well as they do their equipment-giving them fuel and rest so they don't wear out.

The people taking the most sick days, according to the survey, are service and office workers, nurses and business owners.