Ultimate Blog Challenge Day 19

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!


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