Let’s make it known, in no way do I condone what happened at the E6 Cattle Company dairy in Hart, Texas earlier this year. The video sickened me; I could not believe anyone would treat an animal like that.
I would like to believe that we are all grateful for the Mercy for Animals employee who captured the video footage and ultimately put a stop to this abuse, but really who watches something like that. Who willing watches animal cruelty to that level multiple times before they report it to authorities?
I will be real honest, some days I am positive my cattle hate me. They don’t like receiving vaccinations, but neither do I. On the same hand, I don’t like getting sick or hurt, so I do what I have to take care of myself. The same thing is done on farms and ranches to prevent livestock from becoming hurt or sick.
My sister and I worked calves over fall break, my sister does not have a tough stomach, and we when opened up an abscess, she about lost it. The calf flinched for a moment, but soon as the pressure was revealed from this abscess she was fine. Our vet said due to the rainy spring and summer that Eastern Oregon had this year he had seen more joint and navel infections than ever before. We have never had an infection like this in any of our cattle, due to the cleanliness of our property.
We also had to dehorn the calves, which is not pretty and I wish we would work calves at a younger age so we could use a different procedure, but it is just not feasible for us to do so. The calves always act as their world has come to an end about a half hour after the horn is removed. By the next morning they are fine, continuing to eat and play with the other calves. It similar to do to the dentist and having a tooth removed, you will whine and mope around the house, but the next day you are ready to go again.
During whatever procedure is done to our cattle, we are sure to keep a close eye on them. Unlike many producers our cattle are not livelihoods, but our cattle are still very important to our family. I can remember many sleepless nights taking care of cattle, what has to be done must to be done to ensure the health and safety of our animals.
This is a side of the industry that consumers rarely see; the general public watches the evening news which will feature the horror stories such as the E6 abuse case. This is another reminder to continue to advocate on part of the beef industry. Let’s push to educate on the true story of the cattle industry and maybe keep some people from jumping off the edge to a completely vegan diet.