welcome to the bovine bugle
Follow organic dairy farmer Jonathan Gates as he reports weekly from his Vermont family farm. Howmars Farm is a certified organic dairy farm, one of many Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative farmer members who supply the milk that goes into making Stonyfield's yogurts and smoothies. The entire family pitches in on this third-generation farm. Check out some of the happenings on his farm and post your comments. Jonathan loves to get feedback from readers.
THE LOSS OF A COW
Two weeks ago, we had a sad day on the farm. The fresh cow I had the vet for died early in the morning, around 5 a.m. I know the time because she was still alive when I got to the barn at 4:30 a.m. This was Cara, a 6 Ω year old, and this was the fifth calf she had delivered. I could tell she was not doing well by her labored breathing and rapid heartbeat. I went ahead and prepped the milking equipment for the morning milking and then penned the cows up for milking. When I went back in the pen to check Cara, she was gone. One thing about living on a farm, you grasp the cycle of life and death at an early age. But it doesn't make losing an animal feel any better.
--Jonathan, Howmars Farm
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