Monthly Archives: October 2011

Animal Husbandry, a Labor of Love

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.

A fellow blogger, Crystal Cattle, responded to the post I made earlier today on Facebook with some very good points. I encourage you to read her blog post! I decided that I needed to respond as well.

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?

If anything it may disgust me more that this employee watched this happen numerous times.

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 favorite cow Meme and her darling heifer calf!

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.

Purple Currency Bull Calves from Chandler Hereford Ranch

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.


Hereford Reunion Turned Slightly Sheepy

About eight years ago I was sitting around a camp trailer listening to the Eastern Oregon Livestock Saturday rodeo performance coming to a close. I was chatting with my parents, family friends and one giggly lady who I did not know. We were discussing my first stock show as a Hereford breeder. I told my parents that I had been made fun of a lot by my friends for having a horned heifer. As usual I didn’t care, I was proud of my heifer, Annie.

About this time a this lady who had been wearing a smile on her face the whole time as we had been sitting in the hot June sun, turned to me and said, are you Maddee Moore? She straightened up in her seat when I said why, yes I am. That was my first introduction to the one and only Kim Jacobs.

The conversation turned quickly to the Oregon Junior Hereford Association and that they wanted me to get involved with the organization, I was excited at the opportunity to have a few more shows to hit that summer and new friends to make. Kim also alluded to the fact that they had brought my name up to be crowned the next queen. My parents quickly shook their heads at this idea, but that didn’t stop me from dreaming. Kim and another amazing lady Cassie Sullivan kept after me for the next few years. These two ladies helped me to forage many opportunities within the OJHA.

Over the years we have all managed to stay in contact and get together more often than a weddings or random rodeos. Thankfully, we were able to meet up while I was home this last week. We had a great supper with another great Hereford friend and my sister. The video was quickly passed around the table of sheep wearing plaid and other assortments. We just laughed and laughed at this video. Cassie insisted that I post it to my blog! So I hope you get a good kick out of it!

Kim and family have what I would term a COLLECTION of sheep. So this video clip is fitting for Kim’s latest adventures in life. Best of luck with those wild woolies!

Harrods’ video for Wool—Sheepish