Friday, January 20, 2012

Steer Project

This fella is Tabasco.  He is the steer out of the set of twins we had this year.  His sister is gone now, she went to the sale barn.  When you have twins that are opposite sex they are sterile, Free Martens.  You wouldn't know by looking at him that he is a twin.  His momma is a milking machine.

Anyway, we decide to keep him so that our Little Man can start learning how to clip.  So this is his project for the year.  He weighs his feed, washes/rinses, and makes sure he has plenty of hay/water.  You have to start somewhere.  And if he carves him out too much its no big deal.  But as you can see they grow very fast.

 And then in August we will have him butchered.  Now I know some people have an issue with that. 
How can you raise him from a baby?  Then get him broke as a dog, then butcher him.  Don't you feel bad?  The answer is no.  We are cattle farmers.  This is the natural coarse of life.  This is what cattle are raised for.  We take the best care of our animals.  And when it's time for any of them to butchered or removed from the herd they are handled with care to the end.  They are treated with respect and dignity.  We like knowing where our food comes from.  And to be honest, most farm animals have a better life than most people.

We hope you have a great weekend!  Stay warm and be safe.


Purposely at Home said...

they are so cute! no, i wouldn't have a problem with it either...God made cows to kill and eat. ;D have a fabulous friday.


memory said...

it's adorable! love the colors. (:

i left you an award on my blog today. (:

Cow Pies & Mud Pies said...

I love his name! Good fit~love his markings!

God gave us dominion over the birds, fish, etc. It's ok to eat BEEF!

Buttons said...

I just love the photos of calves. Good luck to little Man. B

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