Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Catastrophe today.

This morning one of the pregnant heifers in the cow shed was being herded out into the yard with several others when she slipped and fell up against
the metal door and landed badly on the concrete yard.

The result was that she broke her hip.   The vet was called.   She was only a couple of weeks from giving birth to her first calf but sadly the vet said that she couldn't be saved.   She was  put down.   The 'knacker man' has just been to collect her body.   Such a shame for one so young.

24 comments:

Rosie said...

Oh that must have been awful. Thinking of you and all you are going through.

Theresa Young said...

Oh my..so sad.

Rachel said...

Oh dear. Such a shame when these things happen on a farm. But happen they do.

gz said...

Sad indeed. Fate changed in a second

Heather said...

How sad - poor creature. It must have been a quite disturbing thing, especially happening in your yard.

Gail, northern California said...

Yet another tragedy for you to cope with. Even though I enjoy your writings about daily life, farm life can be very stressful for animal lovers. Take care.

Gwil W said...

Unfortunate - but that's farming.

I was just watching a White House Round Table with farmers. Trump signed an order so they'll have a better deal. This and the other things he's doing for his own people never make the news here.

Gwil W said...

Glaslyn osprey couple Mrs. G and Aran just notched up their 3rd egg.

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

Gosh that's so harsh

John Gray said...

You dont need this do you dearheart xxx

the veg artist said...

I remember something similar happening on my aunt's farm when I stayed there as a child. I was really fond of their cows, and used to help with the milking, carried out in those days with individual units attached to an air pipe. I was horrified when a lorry came to collect a 'fallen' cow,and remember asking about what would happen to her. Farming can be hard.

Bovey Belle said...

What a shame. Living next door to a dairy farm we are used to the knackerman coming for the deadstock. What a shame this one was so close to calving too. It happens, but is always a shock to the system.

Mac n' Janet said...

How sad. All these years after All Creatures Great and Small it's still hard to save a large animal that's been injured.

angryparsnip said...

This is so sad. But as you said farm life is hard.

cheers, parsnip

Terra Hangen said...

Oh an additional sadness, sorry to hear.

Cro Magnon said...

It's not all leaping Lambs and fluffy Ducklings is it Weave. Occasionally hard reality pops its head above the milking parlour. So sorry to hear about your cow.

Hildred said...

I have been catching up on your posts, Pat, - have been busy at the loom the last couple of days, and time gallops along when I start weaving. Good to hear you are getting out, - sorry about the cow, and commiserate with you about moving to town. I hope you will have a garden and a place for the birds to congregate....I have just sold my house on the hill that we left so reluctantly, but one of our sons is moving into it so I will be able to visit and enjoy the wonderful view up and down the valley.

Derek Faulkner said...

Bad news about the cow Pat, but no doubt a farm incident that you are used to experiencing, do the Hunt still come and collect fallen animals, or is that not allowed now. What sort of house are you moving to.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Farming is not easy and I am sorry to read about his happening.

Virginia said...

That is sad. Farming is certainly not for the faint hearted, is it. The calf would be too prem to save too, and probably no cow in milk to nurse it anyway. A double tragedy.

Hope the bad weather passes soon - I'm sure I read it had turned nasty again? Keep warm!

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Is there such a thing as a "knacker woman"?

Tom Stephenson said...

Oh that's bad news right on your doorstep, Weave.

Gabrielle Howard Gengler said...

Weave, I'm sorry to hear the news about mamma and baby. Hugs, GG

Minigranny said...

Sad news but that is farming - nothing cuddly about it. Hope the weather is warming up for you. It is lovely and sunny in Somerset.