Meet my new cows. Irish Mini-Jerseys. Aka Belmont TMs. Bonniebelle reminds me very much of my first cow Shasta. Affectionate, open personality. She was field bred so her due date is unknown. Her belly is getting wider and wider every day. And yes – I am avoiding the question – where is Annabelle now? The word ‘sigh’ doesn’t translate accurately the sadness and frustration that went into that decision. The baseline for operating my farm is productivity. I couldn’t breed her back. She was eating about twelve dollars of food per day -if not more. Her milk production was rapidly declining.
A dear friend, a wise friend, listened to my angst for several minutes in January and said “Kelly, it comes down to sense and cents and keeping Annabelle doesn’t make sense or cents! I’ll drive with you out to the butcher if you need me. Now get off the phone and call Adams Farm right now.”