Butchering day

Today one of the heifers went to the butcher.

We eat meat and we sell meat.

Rotational grazing of ruminants is a key component  of returning fertility and productivity to our farm.

Today was one of those bittersweet, wrenching days on a small farmstead.

Our cows are not  loaded and transported to the butcher in a strange trailer, away from the security of herd and pasture. For our Belties, the end is quick and like their birth and life, takes place within the herd, on pasture and on my watch.