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Photo prompt curtsy of Rochelle Wisoff

Photo prompt curtsy of Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Look Jacob it is her, you know the one they call Lizzy. They are taking her for processing, poor thing. Once the butcher gets hold of you there is little anyone can do. She is beautiful don’t you think. As for her first born, don’t you think that he looks superb. I have never seen such a perfect pair. They just look gorgeous don’t they Jacob. It’s a shame that we can’t do something to help them. She’s a lovely Ayrshire with a fine calf.

In the photo prompt this week I saw many conversations. A couple of days back I watched in fascination as a Ayrshire cow cared for her calf, pure love… Here in England, I fear that many become divorced from the role of custodians. No longer seeing land as being of agricultural merit, as we cover it with concrete.

A fine day at Mevagissey

A fine day at Mevagissey

This Post Has 39 Comments

  1. Sandra

    I like the link with a cattle market. Good thinking.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Sandra, I recently flew to New England, everyone was helpful, but …

  2. Tannille

    Poor Lizzy…

    1. Michael Humphris

      Hopefully in the future we may discover new less cruel ways to survive.

  3. trentpmcd

    Sometimes the airports do seem like the cows waiting outside of the slaughter house. I saw a video the other day of a cow jumping out of a moving truck. She was headed to the slaughterhouse but was pregnant. Someone took her in and the video ended with her caring for her calf – it was very sweet.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Brilliant that the cow escaped, These days I don’t think that I could be a farmer and send animals to the slaughter house.

      1. trentpmcd

        I don’t think I could either. Google “cow escapes slaughterhouse gives birth” and you can see videos, though I didn’t see the same one I had seen before.

  4. granonine

    Well, good grief. Next time I fly (next month!) I’m going to be looking out for the slaughterhouse 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      Sorry Linda… Recently I flew to Boston NY, everyone was helpful, but

  5. Keith's Ramblings

    A great analogy. Clever take Michael.

    My FriFic tale!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Now if my school teachers could read your comment, they would mostly fall over in shock, thank you so much Keith

  6. pennygadd51

    A touching story, Michael. Pigs are the animal I feel saddest about – they’re so intelligent.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I do hate that farming is getting so commercial. Farm animals deserve better, especially pigs.

  7. rochellewisoff

    Nice use of the prompt, Michael. Almost makes me want to go Vegan…almost. 😉



    1. Michael Humphris

      Appreciated Rochelle, farming is getting very commercial, the Vegan pathway is not for everyone.

  8. plaridel

    how sad to think that when we go hungry somebody has to die.

    1. Michael Humphris

      So true…It is a complex and challenging subject,

  9. Iain Kelly

    The link with cattle being herded around fits well. Nicely done.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Subconscious thoughts perhaps… I have just returned from New England and Quebec, which where well worth going to visit, in many ways I would have liked to spend several months there.

  10. Dale

    Original take, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Dale

  11. Abhijit Ray

    All mothers care for her child, be it a human or an animal. Many of us eat non-vegetarian diet. But we must never forget the sacrifice made by the unsuspecting animal. If nothing else, we should be kind to animals and not harm them for fun.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I agree Abhijit, kindness costs nothing.

  12. patrickprinsloo

    I love the smell of freshly poured concrete in the morning. I drool over Heathrow runway 3, HS2, the next big vanity project.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Nothing wrong with concrete in the right place, but not for vanity projects.

  13. Brenda's Thoughts

    A very sad story, poor Lizzy and her first born. “No longer seeing land as being of agricultural merit, as we cover it with concrete,” made me pause. Your story is a clever take on the photo for sure! =)

    1. Michael Humphris

      It is kind of you to say so, thank you Brenda

  14. Dawn M. Miller

    Nice story but you may want to check your punctuation. I think you missed a couple of ?.

    1. Michael Humphris

      You may be right Dawn, punctuation has always caused me many problems,

  15. draliman

    I though it was some sort of post-apocalyptic human slaughterhouse at first… nice one!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Draliman Sorry for the miss direct.

  16. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    If more people knew there would be more vegetarians.

    1. Michael Humphris

      That is so true.

  17. patriciaruthsusan

    A good well-written story, Michael. My mother was raised on farms. We heard a cow mooing repeatedly and Mom said, “They’ve taken her calf away” Mom loved babies and it was a mother and baby to her, not a way for the farmer to get more milk from the cow. —- Suzanne

    1. Michael Humphris

      To farm is necessary, but I would like to see the land and animals looked after better

  18. gahlearner

    Thought-provoking story, Michael. It’s not only in England. Crops and animals are treated like things, ‘production’ as if it were a plant.

    1. Michael Humphris

      It was a sad day when farming, turned towards mass production. I just would like to see farm livestock to be treated more humanely.

  19. lisarey1990

    Cleverly written.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Fortunately the prompt suited my mood and muse, but thank you so much

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