Tuesday, August 6, 2013
I Like My Steak And Salad
When I eat beef I don't connect it with John's cattle but I also don't think it just appears in packages in the grocery stores. Like some of the city kids doesn't know where milk really comes from. They have always seen their parents buy it in a bottle or a box and they have never seen a cow milked. When I do an entry about taking calves to market I'm always surprised how many people say they couldn't sell their animals. I never knew there were so many vegetarians. Awww I bet most people enjoy a good steak and that has to be raised somewhere by someone. One of the first things John stressed to me when I came out here. Don't get attached to the animals, this is a business, not a hobby. Sure easy to say but not so easy to do. One day when John was burning pear (stickers off prickly pear) for the cows to eat in a year when there wasn't much green grass for them to eat I sidled up to one cow and to my amazement she ate pear leaves out of my hand. Some of you might remember Shelly Marie. She was the most loveably cow, big and lumbering when she walked, but calm. Her first calf John had to pull with a calf puller because she was having difficulty giving berth. This doesn't have to be used very often but sometime has to be done to save the life of the cow and the calf. On this time the calf didn't make it but after that Shelly Marie had a beautiful, healthy calf every time. I got attached, everyone in the country knew about Shelly Marie. She would stop grazing to watch us when we drove up the lane. I talked to her as if she was a person and I'm sure she listened. After years passed John started talking of needing to sell her as she had no teeth left and couldn't eat grass. I saved her from the auction barn as long as I could knowing someday the time would come and it did. I couldn't put a pet that large in my city yard. I could have easily got attached to Josie but tried not to and now I'm glad she has turned away from us and to the herd for company. John even offered to have her butchered but as much as I like my steak I wouldn't be able to take a bite and not think of her.