Wednesday, August 7, 2013
It is with a heavy heart that I have made the very difficult decision to disperse my entire herd.
The past 3 months have been full of medical and financial issues that do not look like they are going to improve any time soon.
My cows have always given me great joy and sanity.
The best education I ever received was from these gentle, patient bovines.
However, many different circumstances and changes in my life, recently, have concluded that the herd go to a younger farmer whose body isn't as badly beaten up like mine is.
It is a miracle that this younger farmer came into my life when he did.
He knows and admires the breed and wanted the entire herd.
My herd will join his smaller herd of rare breed beef cattle plus his wife's milk goats and poultry.
They have started a CSA of cheese, milk, meat and eggs and will be growing their business.
Better yet,, the herd will remain in Vermont, just an hour away from me, in a very small rural village.
And of course I have visitation rights!
With the intense heat here, I have been visiting with the herd in the evenings when it is cooler and they come out of the woods to resume their grazing. It saddens me to know for the first time in decades I will not have my cows.
They are all leaving next week, in the cooler evening, and it is taking a lot of coordination between hauler, farmers and cows. I want to spend as much time with them as I can before they leave these green fields of home.
Not to worry, I will continue posting photos of my beloved herd as well as all other agricultural subjects..
Life will go on. It will just be...different.
And I believe this change is for the best.
The new owners are ecstatic that the herd is coming to them.
And I am fortunate to have met the right kind of people to transfer my beloved herd to.