As you all know, Saturday we went to a Chicken Swap. What I didn’t mention was one pretty stupid thing that happened while we were there. Included in this Swap were all livestock..bunnies, goats, etc. One of the “so called” goat farmers in our area brought 2 of his goats to sell. The way he transported them was a recipe for disaster to begin with and if you can image this..that is exactly what happened.
Maybe some of you all have done
this before but I found it to be terrible. He had strapped those poor
goats into a flat equipment trailer (you know the kind the guys use to
transport lawnmowers) with equipment straps. He took them out on a 55
mph 4 lane road to the Swap. Now if you can image this..one of them got
loose, jumped out of the trailer and started the journey down the middle
of on-coming traffic. The cops were there trying to stop traffic, the
poor goat was running like hell and then it beared off into the woods.
Now I happen to know this farmer (I’m sorry) and I know that his farm is
about 5 miles from where the Swap took place. He told the cops “don’t
worry, he’s headed in the direction of home so he’ll get back there
soon”. While all of the “whoha” was going on the other poor goat stayed
strapped in the equipment trailer for a couple of hours in the pouring
I know I’m probably nuts, but to begin with I would never traumatize any animal like this..if you don’t have a livestock trailer, or sides on your pick up or a kennel carrier..buy one, build one or leave your poor animals at the farm. This guy not only put the animals life at risk but several hundred drivers and their passengers as well. As for the goat finding his way home! I have goats and yes I do find them to have some intelligence but if I took any of them 5 miles from here and dropped them, I would never expect to see them again..unless one of our neighbors found them and brought them back.
It just seems strange that the term “livestock” must mean trash to many people. I know that the way we coddle and baby our livestock is not really normal but I look at what I get in return for the way we take care of them..gorgeous fleeces from the sheep, goats, and llama, wonderful goats milk, fairly tame animals, which helps at shearing and milking time, minimal to no vet bills, just to name a few advantages. I am by no means saying that what we do is perfect nor that this is how everyone should treat their animals but come on, a little common sense is really worth it’s weight in gold!
Don’t know if the goat “found” it’s way home or not. Is it so hard to think about what you’re doing before you do it? It must be.