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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
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  1. 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. 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.

    1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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! =)

  4. 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

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