Ridin' The Range
- Dec 31, 2021
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I'm not offended.. just it's also hard to get rid of them because people keep dumping animals all over my property and the Street. That's how I got my cat, and a few of the cows were a stray. I've gotten rid of at least 100, and I'm planning on keeping like, 5-8 females. And if any of them have a male calf, I'll get rid of that, too. I plan to give Ash to one of my friends. I'm pretty sure they're all Black Angus cows. i have sold most of the males to different farms, so they are almost separated.While rescuing animals is admirable, hoarding is not. No, it doesn't sound like you are a breeder. A breeder DOES sell animals, culling out the ones that don't make the quality to be bred. A breeder doesn't lump cattle all together of all ages and both sexes. Bull calves need to be separated at weaning, 6 months. Better yet, they should be castrated. The only reason for keeping a bull is because it is an outstanding specimen of it's breed. Your Ash, you say is so small at 2 years old and you don't know what breed or mix of breeds he might be. That sounds like an inferior bull that should be castrated and/or put in the freezer and never be allowed to breed.
Responsible rescues don't breed their animals. They feed and treat them well and don't let them breed willy-nilly. A responsible rescue has knowledge about the animals they have.
It sounds like you have a soft heart and do care about the cattle. Unfortunately, that is not enough. Not trying to be mean or rude, but you don't have the knowledge needed to properly care for them. At this point, I have to agree with you, selling or giving them away sounds like a much better plan than what you have going on now.
@Mini Horses and I are not being judgmental, nor are we wanting to come off as being rude to you. We are concerned for the cattle as you are, but we have years of experience and know how they should be handled.
Not selling animals, rescuing animals and allowing them to be bred by not keeping them apart is not a rescue. It is hoarding and can quickly downslide into neglect and abuse. Even though you may have the best of intensions, this is not a good situation.
Would you keep 150 dogs of both sexes, of different breeds, in a big field and allow the females to be bred indiscrimately? No, of course you wouldn't. You would be horrified at anyone doing so. It is the same thing with the cattle.
I truly believe that you started out with the best of intentions. Not knowing cattle and how to properly care for them, separate, castrate and SELL them, it has got out of control. You would do best if you backed up a trailer, loaded them up and took them to auction.
Again, not beating up on you, just trying to help you in a tough situation. Please don't be offended, we want what is best for the cattle.