Friday, October 2, 2015

Say What? "He has done his job, and it is time for him to go."



"He has done his job, and it is time for him to go."
I just read this sentence in an ad for a stunted, pitiful looking Nigerian Dwarf cross buck in this area in a facebook page.
In the photos, he is wet to the bone with horns, thin and not well grown by any means.
Done his job and needs to go. . .
What is really says is more like, "I bred a mixed buck that should have been a wether to some does that really should have been pets. . .I didn't know what I was looking for because I didn't want to spent money and take time to become an educated dairy goat breeder, and I am breeding for goat kids that will have no particular quality. I will sell them in the same careless well to people likely of no more concern than I am about this buck I need rid of today."
To the poor little buck in the photo. . .
I am very sorry, little fellow. You do not deserve that treatment. You will not deserve what is in store for you.
There is little chance a poorly bred, poorly raised unregistered horned buck will ever find a decent farm home. If they do, they will continue to beget offspring that will face similar questionable fates.
The point of all this is to say We are responsible for our actions.
Livestock serve amazing purposes on farms. Functional purposes. We should be breeding animals we know to be quality, functional and making sure we do not look at them as disposable goods.
A good breeding program values their male breeding animals. If you're using a buck of worth, the last thing you will do is discard him so callously.
Please stop and think before you randomly pick up livestock to breed, sell and trade.
Seriously folks, they are beings. They deserve excellent care.

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LUCAS FARM

Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation? The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered. The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field. And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens

- Proverbs 27:23-27




"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares."

- George Washington