Friday, February 4, 2011

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I am extremely sorry to report that the little calf I asked for prayers on is now dead.  Unfortunately, Josh and I found him this morning.  This is just one of the reasons that I hate ranching...  Everything has it's pros and cons, but this one thing has got to be the worst thing in all of the ranching business- having your stock die.  I think it is harder, though, when it is a little calf.  First of all, they are our business, our livelihood.  We are able to sell the bull calves to other ranchers, and keep the heifers to expand our own herd. 
   However, when you have found a calf half frozen, taken it in, given it hours of time to try to heal it and get it back on it's feet, then set it back out to pasture only to have it die the next day.... well, it is really hard.  Feelings of regret start seeping in.  Why didn't we just leave him inside?  Why did we take him back out?  Why didn't we bring in the mama and fix them up here in the barn???  Why, why, why??   I know that in this situation it wasn't exactly our faults.  The mama cow wouldn't let the baby nurse, and baby just wouldn't nurse (didn't even try).  In this kind of situation, there isn't a whole lot you can do.  Still, we are the caretakers of these animals, and it is tough to see them die.
   I love ranching, but when this sort of thing happens, I feel like I hate it....  I just want to cry and wish that it didn't have to happen like this.  Still, life moves on, and I suppose that ranching is a great way to teach a person how to move with it.  When you have 60 other cows relying on you to take care of them, you can't take too long mourning over one calf.  Still, it is awfully hard........
   However, God is so good to show us the wonderful things in life, as well as the bad.  Just take a look around and you can see what He has done for you.  I sometimes think "Snow is fascinating!".  Have you ever wondered out how perfectly the crystals are formed so that they aren't ice, but aren't water droplets??   God is so good to us.  He reminds me, daily, of His love for me.  Even with one calf dying, I can look at the other four we have that are alive, healthy, and beautiful.  Thank You, Lord.

I said "no title" to this post because I couldn't really come up with anything.

In Christ's Amazing Love,
Sarah

7 comments:

Kendra said...

Sorry about that Sarah. :(

PrincessR said...

Yah. It is really hard. Anytime you have an animal die, it is hard. We just happen to have 70+ animals so we concentrate the percentage of those who don't make it. But it is really hard. The heifer made it, though! You should talk Dad into letting it be yours and Josh's. :D
Love U
R

Lady Rose said...

Sarah,

I'm sorry to hear that you lost one of your precious animals. It sounds most unpleasant, indeed. I hope that you will feel better soon.

-Lady Rose

Grace said...

Oh, I am so sorry, dear friend! *sigh* Yes, I was just discussing this with my mom {just a few min. ago actually} about how hard it would be to have a horse {or cow}; harder than a dog, because one becomes more attached to them.

With much love and prayers,
Grace

Anonymous said...

Losing an animal is very hard. We are somewhat new to this experience since we only have our chickens and dog here in the city. We asked the same questions when one of our egg-bound pullets died last month after we tried to nurse her back to health for two days. You had a second survive, though, so you should be proud of your efforts.

Love,
Cousin Lisa

Prairie Momma said...

Dear Daughter, I am with you 100%. I hate it when this happens. We have been called to care for these animals, and we feel like we failed. It's like parenting, though. We feel it's our duty to protect our children, but we can't always do that. You worked hard, and that's what was asked of you. I am grateful that the little heifer made it - so choose to focus on that. Give praise to God no matter what. Praise for the heifer but praise for the opportunity we were given to care for the bull. Choosing to praise God at all times is what matters. Psalm 34 I love you!

Lilac Bud Gal said...

Kendra,
Thank you. :)

Sis,
yeah... Ha! I don't think I should make it 'officially' mine until it is grown. Otherwise it may not make it through this winter (ya know what I mean? lol!)

Lady Rose,
Thank you. I do feel much better. Sometimes it is just one of those things that you have to get off your chest, then you feel fine. I am still dissapointed, but much better. :) Thank you for your comment!

Grace,
Thank you, dear! Yeah, it is tough. Thankfully with cows, they don't really allow you to get too close to them (in more ways than one!). Still, with a little baby, it is hard. Thank you for your comment!

Aunt Lisa,
Howdy! I am glad you found my blog. :) Thank you for the comment. I guess you just get attached to it more when you are actually taking care of it. Like your pullet. My hearts tends to go out to the weaker, sicker, skinnier calves, then I am dissapointed more when they die.

Momma,
Thank you for the reminder. I guess the only way to find out if you are doing a good job Praising God no matter what is to have trials! I will work on praising my Lord no matter what the circumstances. :) Love you!!