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Re: Re: A Revelation

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Posted by JDK on June 19, 2004 at 08:42:06 from (

In Reply to: Re: A Revelation posted by eg on June 19, 2004 at 07:15:11:

It is difficult for small operator as they become so familiar with their animals.I grew up on a family dairy farm.We had 30-40 head all of which were named,not numbered and were as familiar as friends on the street.Each cow had it's own stall with a name card above and they knew which one was theirs when returning from pasture.This used to fascinate non-cow folks to no end.Each animal had it's own personality and looking out at the pasture you could say"Jingles is actin frisky today,or Blackies limping..etc.It was always a stressful time when culling a non-producer,injured or aged cow or when one died,but I grew up to realize that it too was part of the"necessary" part of the business.
Nowadays I see the big corporate farms,hundreds of cows,being milked around the clock.No names just a number tag,no"personal" stall,just a gathering pen if they're not chained up 24/7 like a row of milk making machines,easily replaced if they wear out or break down and wonder if these"farmers" many of who commute to work,have any consideration for the anumals at all.God/Nature/The Grand Scheme/Great Spirit etc gave humans dominion over the animals however, how we choose to excersize our superiority is for us each to determine.In such a case as Cindi originally posted we must"see" the whole picture,but do not need to participate in parts of it.Perhaps the auction barn should be eschewed in lieu of private sales/farm auctions.For me at least,it is easier to see the animal leave in a dealers truck or be delivered as ordered than to participate in that facet of the process.JMHO/Sorry for the length.

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