ONE DISEASED COW, Will We Destroy The Whole Herd?

In our second part of our Cow Q and A, we talk about our calves, luna, the future of our herd, and we reveal the plans for what to do about Ladybug

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33 comments

  • Adam Craig Outdoors

    i agree with you about utilizing lady bug. It would be a waste to bury her.

  • Irene Turner

    I have the same GUT problem
    It hurts, I wish I had a good Doctor.
    People have a GUT problem to !!
    We need help in this world !!
    I love you ♥️ people !!
    STAY STRONG 😪😪😪

  • 2 fries short of a Big Mac

    your doing the right thing.. for those who think the vet is the kinder route its not.. the shot paralysis and suffocated to death imo that is not kind.. when it was time for our mini horse a bucket full of her favorite mash and 1 bullet was instant and kind.. prayers sent

  • Jennifer Chandler

    Sending her off will only stress her and make her sicker. You’ve made an impossible decision for the best of an animal you truly care about, everyone should respect that.

    • Dixsigns Romping Rock Dairy

      I agree! And, being raised on a ranch from childhood, I was taught that livestock is livestock no matter how attached I am to them.

  • CiaoBella

    What makes our ancestors so different from us, and let me add, farmers who raise lifestock are also like our ancestors in this respect, is that they all knew/know about death. Death is a normal part of life, and on a farm especially, and our ancestors knew that. No funeral directors taking family members away in black bags when they die as it is today and keeping the body in a mortuary cooler. For centuries, the loved one who died was washed, dressed and laid out in their finest in an open coffin on the dining room table. That’s how it went. Hence btw, why parlors in old houses had sliding parlor doors. So, everyone got to say goodbye and then the person was buried. It’s the same with animals that are a key part of a farm. Having to cull them is never easy, but it’s a part of farm life, as you know. Today, death has been so sanitized and removed from people’s lives, they have no comfort with death being a natural part of life. So I want to thank you both for these videos. Even though this situation with LadyBug and the decisions it requires you to make are heart wrenching, it’s a part of your life on a homestead. God bless you in every way, now and in the days ahead.

    • Dixsigns Romping Rock Dairy

      Well said, Janice.

    • Karin L

      Amen, well said!

    • Krystal Nelson

      I think alot of the vegans now days are softies who thought meat fell out of the sky untill one day they were shown cherry picked video of slaughter houses.
      I’m only a teen, but I know that death is a part of life, I grew up and live on a farm setting. I raise my own chickens, my family had cows, and pigs and milk goats.
      I just wish the vegans would be nicer. The day of slaughter and processing is never very fun, but it’s worth it to know where your meats from. No animals should ever be harmed or put in pain for no reason. but a quick, clean death is good. It feeds my family.

  • jordano hernandez

    I’m not sure what is the problem. It’s their cow and they want to butcher her. It’s ok, its your cow.

  • Martha Sullivan

    You have a PLAN and now can move forward with a Johne’s managed herd. You may end up with notariety as a disease managed homesteader giving others hope and an education. I always knew that you wanted to lead in the industry. You are on the right path. Thank you for sharing your journey.

  • Dixsigns Romping Rock Dairy

    Wow, you two are so considerate and respectful of people’s opinions, feelings, and differences. I said this before in another comment on this subject …”And, being raised on a ranch from childhood, I was taught that livestock is livestock no matter how attached I am to them.” The meat will nourish for family well.
    Respect them in life and respect them when they bless your dining room table!
    We are actively managing a disease-free caprine dairy herd and have been for 21 years now.
    Thank you for these educational open and honest videos.

  • Googie’s Fairy Farm

    I realize this is not a happy video but your sense of humor about premature death reminded me of a story that my father, who was born in 1925, used to tell about his Uncle Chester. It seems Uncle Chester put silver dollars on the eyes of his napping father thinking he had passed. Grandpa piped up and said, “Not yet, Chester” terrifying Uncle Chester before drifting back off to sleep.

  • Dr Jenius Qwaq

    I was knocked out in a car wreck long ago. I didn’t feel a thing till I woke up. She won’t suffer your way.

  • Pam Sloan

    As long as you are comfortable eating the meat it would be wrong to waste it. To me that is obvious.

  • Garden Devotions

    When people hear of someone (or some animal) hurting, their first response is to want to fix it. I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and I almost hate to mention it on my channels (or even in real life) because when I do, everyone starts sending me these magic cure all ideas. I’ve had this for 20 years and, believe me, I’ve tried tons of things, only to be disappointed. Many of their ideas are not even feasible for me to do on my financial and energy budget. I’m also huge on research (I do tons of it for my Truthification Chronicles channel), so if the research is out there on CFS, I’ve probably read it. It’s hard to tell people why you’d rather they not send you all those “magic cures” and do it in a way that doesn’t offend them for caring.

    As for pet animals, and I think Lady Bug fits into that category, it’s going to have to be up to you as her owners. It’s obvious you guys care very much for her and you’re considering only what you think is best. God’s given her care over to you because He knows you’ll make the best choice for her. I had a dog who lost the use of her back legs the last year of her life and many suggested I put her down, but I made sure she wasn’t in pain and we built her a PVC pipe wheelchair. Why didn’t I put her down? Because I knew she was still in there and she still wanted to keep going. Twice a day for several months (and sometimes three or four times), we’d go to the park (recently paved roads, smooth to walk on) and she’d be very excited to walk. When the excitement was no longer there, it was time for her to go. And every pet owner has to face that choice. Nobody can make it for them, and nobody should tell them differently than what is in their hearts. They know their beloved pet the best, and they’ll do what is the most loving thing for the animal. I know you will make the best decision for Lady Bug.

    • Grow Your Groceries

      Ah my love I FEEL you! I also have CFS and every time I mention it online I get a barrage of people offering me their capsules, juices, workout plans etc. Drives me nuts

    • Racheal Wood

      I am not diagnosed but I have been reading and learning. I didn’t know there was a reason for my feelings , reactions and the list could go on
      I’ve made a doctor apt. I need all the help or info. If you guys want to email please send me email rachealmwood35@gmail.com
      Or a message on here, Facebook etc. Thank you ladies I have hope, I cried.

    • aCycloneSteve

      Wait, you’re saying that everything isn’t cured by weed? 🙂

      Stay strong.

  • norweavernh

    Not only is Ladybug useful after death, burying her would not allow her to fulfill her mission here as part of your family. As difficult as it will be for Aust, she will be fulfilling her mission to your family by not only having provided milk for years, and calves, but as the nourishment she was intended to be at the end of her life all along.

  • Renae Bettenhausen

    Tis mercy to keep her from stress. If Lady Bug could understand what is happening, and the ramifications of possibly exposing others and then communicate her preferences maybe it would be different, But Lady Bug can not, as far as anyone could know, understand what is happening, so you are doing the most loving thing you can imagine. I have to admire how you are handling a tragic situation

  • Anita Logan

    I appreciate the great lengths you have gone through to explain your decisions for Lady Bug but you certainly did NOT owe anyone anexp!anation! Thank you both for your patience with us all out here and for taking us through this learning experience with you. I respect your decision and wish you the best going forward. Continue to be strong for one another and remember “this too shall pass”. ⏳

  • Kojika Koifish

    Honestly, I’m just baffled that people are offering to take her? Makes no sense to me. She’s not going to “live out her days” anywhere; she’ll just die a miserable death and spread more disease. The difference being she would be on your farm and not theirs. Like why on earth would you put a contagious animal actively harming your property value, animal population, and the general community at large on your property on purpose?! SMH.

  • Gypsy B

    I can’t believe you’re still having to explain yourselves. This is a prime example of how far removed people have become from where their food comes from. I feel sorry for you guys…like dealing with all this isn’t hard enough on you.

  • Mesatalia

    I’m totally with you two. It’s fatal regardless, so why let her suffer? Let her pass happy and with those who love her and those SHE knows. We all love Ladybug but we should all not want her to suffer and just pass in peace.

  • Caora Border Collies

    I love how thoughtfully you address people’s emotional and judgemental comments, and how thoroughly you’ve researched and thought through everything, and how you are doing the best you can for Ladybug and your family without being swayed by public opinion. It takes a certain strength to share life so honestly on the internet in a time when everyone is an “expert” and believes their opinion is relevant. I’m so sorry that you’ve been dealt this card, and I wish you all the best as you say goodbye to Ladybug.

  • ubetchya78

    So many people are so far removed from the harsh realities of life. They may mean well, but sometimes their comments make zero sense. Letting an animal fade away and get drug down to a skin and bones death is not humane at all.

    Reality is that a well placed bullet is the quickest most humane way to ease Ladybug from her future suffering. BUT most people are scared of guns. Guns are noisy. Gun shot wounds bleed. Sometimes profusely. This gives the appearance that it was a heinously violent end, when in fact it was an instant death (IF the bullet was well placed and of sufficient caliber). Boom and dead.

    Getting put down means she’s stressed from the time the vet pulls in. She’s stressed to see the needle. She feels the needle enter her jugular vein, and feels the fluid being injected. It can take 10 seconds or more for her to drop, at the risk of falling on someone if you didn’t jump out of the way quick enough… And it goes without saying that you won’t be able to use her meat, not for your family, not for your dogs.

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