sale day on the farm

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Well, it’s that time of year again.

Time to say so long, farewell to my (ok, my might be a bit of an exaggeration) sweet-faced steers. The cows, too, but I mostly know the steers.

As we speak they are being loaded into trailers, ready to hit the sale barn, where they will be weighed and sold to the highest bidder.

This is a big day for us ranching folk, no doubt. A year’s worth of work rests upon it.

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Now, you may be wondering, where do these big creatures go upon sale?

I don’t know that for sure.

But in my imagination I see rainbows and green grass in moderation and forever pasture.

Much like the life they had here, actually.

Kelly Phelan

Oh, I’ll miss these faces.

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Fret not, however, they will be sent to a new farm is all. Life as a cow is quite good.

Happy Wednesday!


32 thoughts on “sale day on the farm

  1. This is why I always say, ” I can live on a farm, but I will never be able to be a true farmer,” My problem is that I get attached to any critter and of course will not be able to part with them. I am also a vegetarian now, another issue. So I guess I could stick to veggies and trees, flowers … and grow those.

  2. My wife’s idyllic vision of a farm is one where animals never leave, and there’s infinite acreage and food to keep adding new ones. I will, therefore, never have a farm. They are sweet looking, though, and I have to admit I’d have a hard time parting with them too.

    • lol, yes, farming your wife’s way may make for a poor farming experience! It is hard, but like I said to Audrey, I do none of the investing or hard labor with them. A few times of writing those checks or daily feeding or being kicked in the shins, and I might have an easier time saying goodbye!

    • Thank you, Audrey – it did go well! I am seeing it’s easy to grow attached when I am not investing one dollar or work time into them myself. It’s a different story for those checking heifers in the middle of the night, feeding them twice daily, and being kicked in the shins or chased while working groups, lol.

  3. I become quite attached to all animals, too. Your photos of those fuzzy-faced steers are beautiful as always. (And … I’ve been offline for so long – writing on my WIP – I missed your big blog re-do. LOVE it!

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