Saturday, January 9, 2010

The balancing act for the love of farming....

I love raising animals. I love the work. I love the companionship. When you are an animal owner there always comes a time when you have to make the tough decisions. You have to do things you would prefer not to do.

The last few weeks we had to start thinking about thinning out our livestock. It is hard to decide who goes and who stays. We invest time, money and love into our mini farm. It is important to keep a balance. Too many animals causes financial problems for the owners and health issues for the other animals. Balance is imporatant.

We have too many roosters. With our hens missing feathers from over baring roosters, the decision had to be made. We said goodbye to one of our roosters this morning. It sucks and I hate it but it had to be done.

Butcher day is never fun. It should never be done calously. It should be done carefully and thoughtfully. It is hard to take a life and bare the thought of it but killing compasionately is the only thing that seperates humans from animals.

I will remember the importance of butcher day. It is a day that we are reminded of the circle of life, the nurishment of our bodies and the betterment of our flock.

Never is it done with out heart. Its a part of the balance.

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