Another month has passed and so much has been happening here on the homestead. We lost one of the 3 pigs we are raising for meat, she developed pneumonia and we had to put her down. We could have tried giving her shots but there was no guarantee that she would survive, plus we would not have been able to butcher her for a minimum of 30 days. We got 3 on the chance of losing one, and even though she was going to be butchered it was still hard to put her down. I will admit that I cried, she was a sick girl and it was hard to see her so sick like that, so I cried and when I was all done I pulled myself up and told myself it was okay to cry because as we don't want to lose any livestock like that I realize they are here to be butchered and fill our freezer. So no attachment girlfriend.
When our Amish friends mentioned that they have this Devon/Jersey calf that was a bull but is now a steer and that they really don't want to sell him but just don't have the room to raise him until he's ready to be butchered as they had twins born this past spring, and would we be willing to raise him on our land and split the beef. We of course said yes, so the day after thanksgiving Jim went and picked him up. Once our fencing is done around the pasture he’ll be able to roam a bit more, right now he’s kept in a smaller area to help him feel more secure while getting used to his new surroundings.
We definitely did not plan on getting any sort of cow, milk or beef at this time. Our plans were to get a milk cow this spring and raise a calf with it but the opportunity came for us to jump right in we just couldn’t pass it up. He’s such a good guy and so far things are going well with him.