Post by Debbie Lincoln on Aug 1, 2020 21:29:46 GMT -5
Today we had to say goodbye to Cici, the obese cow that was given to me as a calf. We made the extremely difficult decision to butcher her. She was 4 years old. Two years and 3 aborted pregnancies have occurred since she gave birth to her first and only calf. We also found out she was BLV positive. All those reasons combined with the fact that our limit of cows is 6 and we have had 2 superior heifers born this year....sigh. Due to the virus panic and rising beef prices, all meat processors around here have been overwhelmed with requests to butcher cattle. We have had this date for 4 months now...and I understand they’re now 9 months out for new reservations. Crazy. I could not send her to the sale barn, knowing the long, scary journey ahead of her...plus she is better than McDonald’s hamburger. The worst part of her delivery was her refusal to get out of the trailer. They had to hot-shot her and it broke my heart. Farming sucks sometimes. She weighed 1819 pounds....she was the last foster calf that Abbey raised before she died.
THese farming decisions really do SUCK...big time. So sorry, Debbie.
Brenda Wife for 39 years to best farmer/rancher Mom to a daughter and 2 sons Grandma to 5 boys & 3 girls Della and baby Daisy jerseys Lola and baby no name jerseys Arabians Candy, Moon & CK one homely, but super sweet kids underbite pony, Missy 9 y.o. Sheltie Louie 5 y.o. Sully English Shepherd barn kitties & 1 privileged house cat, Miss Jane Hathaway
Big hugs... Courage to do the things that need done is admired from here. Sorry it ended up this way.
The Re-Treat Farm Ronnie, my love of 36 yrs - 2 grown kids Pete the cow dog, Casey, up and coming cow dog cats - Molly, Buck Kitty horse: Rex - mules: Deetz, Darlene, Mick Jersey - Bess Jersey/Normande - Daisy Jersey/Corriente - Gretchen various chickens, calves, occasional turkeys, pigs
Ouch. I can't even talk about my Thyme yet. She went a couple of months ago. 10 years old and she did go into the trailer thinking it a fun ride. She did everything asked of her, was healed from a pinched nerve at every calving, and did whatever was asked. My Betrayed. I still think of her skipping around on the first grass, so happily. For many of the same reasons in the pro and con columns, she had to go. We try not to become so emotionally connected, but that's part of what makes us do what we do. I'm sorry about this. I understand. She lived a very good life, the best possible. Death at some point must be part of it.
Shawn, I agree on the picture! Debbie Lincoln, you gave her the best life and a quick end. Can't ask for more than that!
Wife to the Greatest Husband Ever, Mother of Three Awesome Daughters, Mother-in-Law to Two Amazing Sons-in-Law, The Most Precious Grandson and Granddaughter Ever, Rancher/"Zoo-Keeper" of Hereford Cattle, Angora Goats, Remuda of Horses, Two Border Collies, One Mini-Aussie, A Duke's Mixture of Chickens, Seven Ducks (Rouen), and One Sweet Mini-Jersey named Katy Kow!
How awesome is it that she will provide for your family in other ways. You are extremely lucky to have raised her and while a dud at calf production, she will fill her freezer. This is farm life no if's and or but's. Given how well you care for your girls I can just imagine how hard it is for you. I commend you.
claytonpaul: A bull was put on her herd Late Last May so she was expected to be due between May1 and August. They quoted me August so I wouldn't be disappointing by a late arrival.
May 23, 2019 13:07:11 GMT -5
Trim: I'm baaaaacccckkkk!
Aug 31, 2019 17:57:22 GMT -5
alpacalexi: My mini jersey cow is pregnant, however the last couple days her udder has deflated. My vet saw her on the 23 and said delivery in a couple weeks Is there a reason for her deflating?
Oct 2, 2019 17:17:00 GMT -5
Trim: She probably aborted a while back. That happened to one of my animals. She was bagging up but within a short while of her "due date" she began to deflate. I had no idea what had happened. I was seriously bummed out.
Feb 8, 2020 20:46:23 GMT -5
mamacherri10: good afternoon! I have not been on the website in a long time. Have a new jersey milk cow and am looking to see how long she needs to be dried up prior to calving? She is due the third week of May.
Mar 10, 2020 14:33:11 GMT -5
steven888: Dry her up now, she needs 6 wks of rest.
Apr 1, 2020 2:05:11 GMT -5
highlandteen: five to six weeks is generally suggested
May 7, 2020 14:39:23 GMT -5
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