Animal Lover

7 Apr

Today I got the chance to venture to the outskirts of Springfield and bottle feed a calf for the first time. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect since I’d never done it before. When I arrived we filled up each bottle with a mixture of formula and water. I went to the barn and got my first glimpse at the cute babies They were adorable! Bottle feeding is exactly what it sounds like, I just held the bottle while the calf drank. As I was watching the babies drink from the bottle, I couldn’t help but think of the extent of care that farmers and ranchers give their animals. The fact that these farmers and ranchers take the time to give bottles to these calves every morning and night is simply amazing! I’ll never understand how groups such as the HSUS and PETA insist that agriculturalists don’t take good care of our animals.

My best friend growing up raised cows and horses, so I’ve been around livestock all my life. I watched her dad pour his life into taking care of their animals and he did an amazing job of it. As for the horses, you will never find someone more in love with her horses. We were constantly brushing and feeding them making sure they were happy and well taken care of. We once stayed up an entire night with a horse just to be able to be there when the horse gave birth. Seeing that little animal take her first wobbly steps is a sight I will never forget. It’s these memories that I will never forget that have made me want to stand up for agriculture. I can’t stand to see people making false accusations about animal agriculture, when they know nothing about it.

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2 Responses to “Animal Lover”

  1. Midwestern Sass April 9, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    This reminds me a lot of how proud I am. I agree, I don’t understand the lack of credit given to farmers and ranchers by groups like PETA and HSUS. If only they understood the time, money, care, love, and passion that each and every one of us has for our animals. I grew up in the horse and beef cattle industry and loved it more than life itself. There wasn’t a better best friend to have, well, they came a pretty close second to my golden retriever. It’s good to post things like this to show the world that WE CARE. Show them that they need to pay attention to what’s actually going on around and look for the positive things about agriculture and not false positives. Thank you for you post, glad I got to see it!

  2. mb12090 April 10, 2013 at 4:00 am #

    I loved your post! I’m definitely an animal lover as well. Bottle feeding is the best! Thise reminded me of being little on the farm and loving to get up bright and early just to be able to feed the calves. They are so stinkin’ cute and I just love how their little tails wag because of how happy they!! There is nothing better than a happy animal!

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