Everyone always talks about the good days of homesteading, the produce from your garden, the kids being born, your children growing. But very few talk about the bad days. I know they don’t happen often, thankfully, but they do happen.
There will be injury and there will be death. We had this happen just last year. I got an email from a friend that she could get me some cows for cheap. Like really cheap. I got a heifer and a bull for 150. That is for both of them. I jumped at it. I mean who wouldn’t right? Well I found out right quick that I didn’t know enough about cows at the time. I hate myself for jumping so fast now, but I thought at the time, “they are ruminants, it’ll be just like raising goats.”
I was so wrong! No matter what I did, I could not save the heifer. We had her for a week before she passed. I still have her ear tag. I know idea that cows and goats were so different. We did manage to save the bull though. I wish that I could blame the breeder but I know that it was my fault because I did not do my research before getting them. It was a “now or never” type deal. I learned so very much from that girl though and I think about her all the time.
I wish that I had done my research before bringing her here, but hindsight is 20/20 right. So I know better now, but like I said bad days do happen and you need to be prepared for that. It’s not always sunshine and roses on a homestead, but of course that is what we usually put out there.
Have a great day!