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 Asha and Milky 2012

Asha and Milky 2012

The farm began in 2011 with the purchase of 4 dairy steers from Maple View Dairy as a way to pay for the land we leased for the horses.  I vividly remember talking with Libby (who was 5 at the time) about how we were going to pick out some cows from the dairy, then they would grow bigger by eating grass and when she was 6 we would butcher one to feed our family and sell the rest to feed other families.  I explained that they would live on our farm for a year and a half and when the time came that it might be a little sad for her but not to worry, she didn't have to watch and it didn't hurt the cows etc.  I was trying to ease the tiny soul into the harsh realities of farm life.  She got to pick out the cows, named them and watched as we unloaded them into what is now the goat pen.  We came inside to wash hands and eat lunch and as we did, Libby gazed out the kitchen window at the 3 month old calves and asked, "So....when are we going to eat them?"  Apparently she was okay with the idea and hasn't ever looked back.  She now tames and shows her own cows, gets involved in registering the Angus stock and is very capable of moving the herd on her own.  She can cut pork chops with a few whacks of a mallet onto a cleaver and happily helps label packages for the freezer.  She isn't hardened to the fact that a life is sacrificed to nourish our bodies. Instead she is involved, responsible and respectful of the animals as they happily grow here on our farm.  

Libby picks out a steer based mostly on the hide pattern which is what you do when you are 5.

Asha's sweet little voice "Baby Cows" which is a family favorite.