Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Goodbye, Bonnie the Jersey Cow

Bonnie had her calf yesterday.  It was a heifer, and when I went out to check on them, the calf was dead.  Bonnie's udder is very much compromised, and I do not intend to milk a cow twice a day anyhow.  So I guess we'll be hauling her to the sale barn Tuesday.  We'll be lucky if she brings $200.  Some buyer for a big meat packing plant will be the only bidder, and she will go for ground beef.  Most of the ground beef you buy in stores is from culled dairy cows.

Honestly, I wish we could have her butchered for ourselves.  I'd rather eat her flesh than send her off to the cruelty of a big meat packing plant.  But we just butchered Jody, and if we added more meat to our freezer, it wouldn't be consumed before 2015. 

Lately I have had a hard time staying upbeat, which explains the sparcity of my blog entries.  
The brightest spot in my life has been Baby Cora, who forces me to smile because she won't laugh until I smile.  


Paula said...

I went to a packing plant one time and didn't get out of the truck but I saw enough to make me want to never go back. I seemed to still like my steak though so I guess I'm able to disconnect. John has wanted to butcher Josie (blind calf) but I have just been too close to her. Your house looks pretty on your header. Hope you are enjoying being back in it.


Sorry to hear about Bonnie and her calf. you have to do what you have to do.

Margaret said...

So sorry! I know how it feels to struggle to stay upbeat. xoxo

ingasmile said...

Donna, I sent you a friend request on facebook.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I'm so sorry about the calf and the news of Bonnie too. I know it has to be a hard time of it for you. Thankfully you do have a reason to smile. Babies do that for sure.
Sending hugs your way.