BOZEMAN, Mont. -

"She's really a big cow, she's about 1500 pounds" Jenny Sabo said, pointing to a heifer.

Sabo and her husband own Sabo Ranch in Harrison, south of Three Forks.

This weekend she's teaching kids how to milk cows at the Montana Farm and Ranch Show.

"Our 11 year-old son milks one of our oldest and most gentle cows- he milks her every morning. Our 9 year-old takes over on Saturdays" Sabo said, explaining the lesson her sons learned at a very early age.

She said her sons help out on the ranch, milking cows and attending to many other farm duties.

"Our 11 year-old just last week was helping drive the truck in a straight line across the field, pulling a trailer full of hay" Sabo said, describing how she lets her son drive the truck- slowly and in a short, straight line- when they need another hand.

But up until last week, Sabo didn't know how much longer her kids could help out because the Labor Department was proposing new child labor rules pertaining to agriculture.

The rules stated kids under 15 couldn't drive tractors or work with animals under certain situations.

On Friday, the rules were withdrawn. Department of Labor officials released a statement, saying the decision came after thousands of public comments shooting down the rules poured in.

But organizations like the Child Labor Coalition- who stood behind the proposal- say allowing kids to work on farms isn't safe because they can die in farm accidents.

Statistics on their website say 75-percent of deaths in working children under 16 are agricultural-related.

"I can understand wanting to protect those children, but at the same time good parents are getting responsible and safe help from their children" Sabo said.

Rancher Tim Feddus, who has two adult kids and a teenager, agreed.

"You don't put them in over their head, but jobs they can handle" he said.

Feddus owns Martin Feddus and Sons cattle ranch south of Manhattan, with his dad and brother. He says he put all three kids to work at a very young age.

Sabo and Feddus said they make sure their kids can handle the tasks.

And, they said, it goes beyond just having an extra helping hand.

Feddus said it taught his kids responsibility and hard work. "Learning the good work ethic- no matter what they do."

"Kids learn innovation, they learn responsibility, and they learn to stick with stuff" Sabo said.