This steer was part of the Paso Robles High School FFA show steers. Someone broke into their Agriculture Barn and set this steer on fire. He was found like this 15 hours later when his owner came to feed him.
I had just taken the time to write a letter on this post to the monster who thought that this was something worth doing. Whoever you are, disgusting doesn’t even begin to touch what I feel about you. I then realize, being the psychology major that I am who has an intense interest in studying criminals and sociopaths and psychopaths and serial killers, that it is probably a terrible idea to put so much energy and effort into making his crimes known and detailing them. Serial killers, sociopaths, psychopaths, etc. get a sort of “high” when they realize they are getting attention and “famous” and also a lot more dangerous. I am using these serious labels because normally those are the only people who would do such a monstrous act. So, that being said, I ask you agriculture and agvocate friends one thing: spread this page around and let us use our intensely amazing powers of networking to help police find out any information that we can about the piece of trash who put a 5 month old calf through Hell.
Please, please let’s join together to help catch the son of a _______ who did this. On that note, I need to get back to studying so I can graduate and help capture people like this scum of the earth and put them away for the rest of their life.
Thoughts and prayers go to this calf and his struggle back to recovery as well as his owner and family.
Dead carcasses lay along US Highways 212 & 34. Courtesy of Kristina Barker, Rapid City Journal
A lot of things have changed since I last posted a year ago. For one, I no longer am at Colorado State University as an Animal Science and Equine Science double major, to my heart’s dismay. I am now at Boise State University and studying Psychology with a minor in Biology so I can go on to acquire my masters and doctorate in Neuropsychology. I still have the pup and love of agriculture though, so don’t you fret. No matter how hard psychology will try, there is no way anyone or anything can take the love of cattle and agriculture and the people who make up it’s wonderful world away from me. I swear I am one of the few and the proud who rock my Tony’s on campus. And I wouldn’t ever think of being ashamed of it.
I return, after a long hiatus, to make a post that is not full of excitement. To be quite frank and direct, I wish I didn’t feel the aching in my heart to post in Rancher’s Daughter because that would mean that I could go back to studying for my anatomy and physiology lab quiz that I have tomorrow about human bones. However, this is something I could not simply ignore.
Enter: Winter Storm Atlas. Mother Nature apparently let her wrath go on Western South Dakota these past few days. And I do not say that in a joking or over exaggerate matter. Reports have been coming to light about a very heavy snowfall that came on in lightning speeds. Literally feet of snow was dumped on the Dakota plains and it is going to take an astronomical toll, emotionally, physically, and financially, on the ranchers that make up it’s population. I first read about Atlas in Rapid City Journal’s piece that was published today (October 8th, 2013). My heart ached and then broke into a million pieces. Ten’s of thousands of cattle are dead because of this storm. Tens of thousands. And, that isn’t even close to a final number yet.
The usual assumption of cows can range from meat to milk to leather, and normally not too far past that. It can be easy to overlook the minuscule things cattle can provide us with, that result in a much more respectful way to utilize the animal and not be wasteful. From a cultural perspective, I can understand the confusion in regards to what is meant by “minuscule things”. Explaining the uses can provide insight and further enlighten those who are curious.
Beef, muscle from cattle, is what steaks, pot roasts, ribs, etc. is what most of the cow is used for, however there are so many other things that can be taken from a cow. Milk is another product that can be made good use of. Believe it or not, those are only two of things that cows can provide to society. The products that beef cattle produce, aside from beef, are called by-products. By-products have been carefully evaluated and researched to find their perfect uses so wasting helpful resources can be a thing of the past.
With all that being said, cows mean a lot more to society than they get credit for. Here is an image that shows just some of the contributions they are provide. So here’s to you bovines, here’s to you.
Here is a link to another post that goes into detail about all the other things cattle provide! Wow That Cow! Written by Feed Yard Foodie