My least-favorite aspect of raising cattle is weaning, just a few weeks away. Weaning the heifers isn’t so bad because we keep them; before long, they’ll be able to rejoin the herd and live happily ever after. The steer calves will have to be sold, however, which will be heart-rending.
Just as she does every year, Princess, who has yet to give birth to a heifer, will stare me down and bawl and ask me to bring her calf back. Just as I do every year, I’ll tell her, I can’t. I’m so sorry. But just hang on—pretty soon, the next little one will come along. Maybe this time, you’ll have a heifer! Hubby swears that she understands me and calms down before any of the other cows.
|Cupcake and her heifer calf, Dazzle, take a midday nap together|
“The one who knows much says little; an understanding person remains calm.” –PROVERBS 17:27 (MSG)