Cycles of Life and Death on a Ranch

There are two thing in life that strength the knowledge that life is a gift of the gods. One is giving birth. The other is death.

Living on a ranch, I see both of these every year. The cows give birth to a new generation. Small, happy calves that romp and play one day can sicken and die in the blink of an eye. And then, like today, the natural order of death must be sped along.

A few days ago one of our first time calvers, got down. We’ve tried to help her. We’ve brought her food and water. We’ve tried to get her to her feet. Everything has failed. This morning I found her laying on her side in a pool of water under her upper torso.

I called my husband and told him. The verdict was, we’d have to put her down. I’m not going to go into details. Only want to say. Life is a gift that you appreciate even more when you witness a birth and death.


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