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Farmer John’s January 2013 Blog

Farmer John’s January 2013 Blog

1 Jan 2013

In preparation for our Christmas Eve services* we had to move 6 cows in with another group. We had just cleaned out the pens and although bedded up…

In preparation for our Christmas Eve services* we had to move 6 cows in with another group. We had just cleaned out the pens and although bedded up with liberal quantities of straw, the concrete floor underneath was quite slippery. The following morning one of the six was lying down on her side. She was older, and had picked a fight with a younger and, as it turned out, much fitter cow. I panicked and phoned a friend. “If she’s not up in 8 hours there’s not much hope” was the judgement. I assembled a crew of cow revivers plus Richard Plank’s cow hoist and the forklift. After 2 hours of struggling, with no progress, we gave up and I again contacted my friend. He came straight after lunch and with arms folded and head shaking sadly declared that the said cow would not stand again……But if we made arrangements with the knacker man, the vet, and the abattoir and organised the passport, we could at least get some money for the carcase. All was put in place for action the following morning at 9 am sharp. Meanwhile we carefully moved the cow on the pallet forks on the forklift, dumped her in the field in front of our house, and made her last night comfortable with some straw, silage and water.

Next morning I woke to see the spot where she’d been lying shrouded with mist. On closer examination she had disappeared but was actually standing by the fence protesting at the unpleasantness of being outside. She wandered back into her original pen and we gave her a couple of friends. One of my “lads” was instructed to watch her for the next 2 hours. He’d just been put on tablets for ADHD so it was entirely appropriate to test the effectiveness of the medication. All’s well that ends well and by now her calf will have been born and, hopefully, thriving. She might, on reflection, have decided that her ‘top cow’ days are over. All I had to do was to ring the knacker man, the vet …..once again.

“We make our plans, but God has the last word” Proverbs 16 verse 1 GNB

*Thank you to those who came and all those who helped. £2,000 was raised for the Kilimanjaro Charity which looks after 69 orphans in Tanzania.