I feel I need to clarify my last ‘My Farmer and Me’ post in my own defense. As someone said we should have sold Mama Says to someone where she could have basically lived out the rest of her life on green grass or just have put her down ourselves and buried her.
The reality in deciding what to do was based totally on our farm and how we felt about our options. Years ago , someone may have had the where-with-all to take her and rehab her ENOUGH to allow her to live a few more weeks. Yes,weeks.
All farmers do not have such options as this now days; to me we would have prolonged the inevitable and because we knew this animal and how she responded to treatment of the abcesses ( the last couple of months having perhaps 3-5 days relief then starting all over again, lame and off feed because she did not feel good. We also stopped milking her and let her dry off so she was less stressed over all and had only been fresh for a couple of weeks but knew this was best.
Please just look at the big picture in this situation: having a sibling with this same problem tells me it probably ran in that family, treatment worked”ok” for a year or so the first time, but the last two years or so she never really completely healed. Gave us two more babies in that period, milked and was happy to a point with life. Once lameness set in and would not go away with meds and foot treatment we just knew her time here was limited. Time any place for that matter.
My post on the loading up and saying goodbye was meant to show how these decisions effect the animal AND the farmer at the very least on BEJOSH. If asked whether we made the RIGHT decision, Yes, we did, given the circumstances of this particular situation and our options. NO TWO FARMS operate exactly the same in the same situation.