by Randall Grabau©2016
Nineteen pregnant cows were sold that day. They were taken to another small dairy about a half-hour’s drive from Heritage Farm. Hopefully, they will be well-cared for and produce a lot of milk and offspring for many years to come. Five more non-pregnant cows will be sold on August 26. We will be keeping one of my favorites to provide “house milk” for the winter.
It was cows that kept me disciplined and motivated. It was the cows’ offspring that taught our children responsibility in caring for animals. Cows taught us many lessons about life and death.
Wendy knew how hard it would be for me to sell our cows. She had contacted many of our relatives and friends to inform them of the event. On the morning of the sale, she followed me around recording what had been my normal routine for so many years. Our daughter stayed home from work as the cows were being loaded to support me during that time. An elder daughter and her family arrived (after driving 3 ½ hours) just as the last cow was being loaded. They provided a very helpful distraction for that afternoon and the next day. Over the past week many relatives and friends have stopped by, called or sent a note to helped me get through this tough time. We are blessed to have so many special people in our lives.
So this is now the end on an era. I am not sure what the Lord has planned for the future of Heritage Farm. Heritage Farm has been a dairy farm for almost 100 years. It has been successful as a dairy farm. I am so thankful the Lord allowed me the privilege of living and working with dairy cows on Heritage Farm. Psalm 16:5, 6 states, “The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup. Thou holdest my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places. Yea, I have a goodly heritage.”
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