We really are very thankful that her life is given to provide for ours. Today I will feed her her last handful of hay and watch her enjoy it. I will look her in the eye for the last time and give her a rub behind the ear then I will say goodbye and leave her in peace.
The first cow we raised "Freezer 1" went into the freezer in December 2012 and you can read about that here.
The local guy we use to do our home kill is very good and last time our cow was sitting down chewing her cud when the lights went out. Hopefully it will be just as calm for Freezer 2.
Freezer 2 is a Murray Grey and we hope that she will produce tasty beef that is well marbled and has a good layer of fat. You can see from the photo below(taken April 2013) how much weight she has put on in the last 12 months so it will be interesting to see what her dressed weight will be. Freezer 1 was just over 250 kg but it is really hard to tell what they will weigh while they are still walking around.
Once killed her carcass will be cut into the 4 quarters and hung for a week in a cool room. Then next week we will have the job of bagging up all the different cuts.
We will not be replacing Freezer 2 as it will take us a long time to eat that much been even if we give some to the family. And with our planned move to New Zealand in the future we do not need the added complication of livestock to get rid of. Freezer 2 currently has a little friend that belongs to one of our neighbours and we have been told we can keep him to keep the grass down or we can borrow a mare that is in foal.
We have not decided what we will do yet and we might just give the paddocks a rest and borrow an animal again later, but there is no rush to make that decision.
Do you kill your own animals?
How do you say goodbye and thank you?