April 29th and 30th – Last of the photo’s.
Sunday was super busy, and Monday was Migraine Day, so I’ve finally compiled the last two photos for Photo-A-Day April:
April 29th: Circle
April 30th: Something that makes you sad
These are the cows from the surrounding farm, and they make me sad. My neighbours are farming people, and they are GOOD farming people. They look after and care about their animals, and that shows. No, what makes me sad is that the current dairy system requires the cows to be pregnant almost constantly, and their calves are taken off them at birth. The boys (bobby calves) are usually surplus and sold to be slaughtered straight away, and the girls are usually kept to sell or repeat the cycle. To make it sadder, I have heard that cows are very careful not to step on the nests of birds that make nests in their paddocks. The COWS care more about the babies of another species then this farming system does.
I know not every house (or one in every thousand houses, let’s be honest) could have it’s own little goat or cow or sheep to sharemilk with the baby animal, but wouldn’t it be nice? Then the calf/kid/lamb could grow to adulthood and then be humanely slaughtered for meat, or sold, or bred. Or even if there were places to buy shared milk from – and we could all just drink a bit less milk. I don’t have any answers. I just have sads.