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1/19/10 3:51 P

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I don't spin or knit (sadly). I do want milk goats - I don't think I could handle a cow. Although I have heard that Jersey's are very kind and gentle. It's just that I wouldn't eat the male offspring, and I think I could feed "pet" goats easier than "pet" steers. Nobody would be taking my baby calves off to market!
Today I visited the calf again - she must remember me because she was rubbing her head against my belly like a baby would it's mother, searching for udders. I am large, but I didn't think I was cow-sized! It was the SWEETEST feeling, being nudged by a sweet baby. I did get some photos today and I will try to post them.

~Beth~

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1/19/10 11:56 A

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I totally understand--it's your mom's farm, so it's hers to do what she pleases. I remember cringing when my MIL had a thing for awhile about wanting to raise lambs to eat. It just seems so barbaric to me. Thankfully, nothing ever came of it.

I just want lambs and sheep so I can pet them and go, "aaaw, look how cute they are!" and then once a year I get lovely wool I could spin and knit with. Seems ideal to me!

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1/19/10 7:27 A

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I think they would find her . . . they have a pretty distinct "moo"! Yes, when the farm is mine there will not be beef farmers renting or hunters hunting. But it is not mine yet, and I have no wish for my mom to leave this earth! Keeping chickens that we don't eat when they end their productivity has been a real lesson for my parents - they don't want to eat OUR sweet girls, but they keep buying the ones from the grocery store!

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1/18/10 7:40 P

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Oh how sad...on every count. I can see why your DH didn't visit with the calf. It would break my heart to meet her knowing her future. Sigh...I think I would be tempted to steal her (see why I wouldn't be a good farm neighbor to beef farmers? they wouldn't have any cows left!).

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I got to play with a three day old calf today! It is a little girl, black, quite frisky and beautiful. The mother rejected the calf, so the farmer that rents some of our fields had her in the barn (actually the mother and the baby) and I got to go in the stall and pet them both and run around with the baby a bit. Still had the umbilical cord! The mom just seemed depressed. Can cows get post partum depression? My husband won't go visit because he doesn't want to see animals that are destined for the meat market. It is my mom that rents to the beef farmer. But I still got alot of joy just being with that creature, and hope that she can enjoy her time at our farm.

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