- November 11, 2012 at 8:36 pm #44227bendubeParticipant
We euthanized our off ox, Lou last night. Due to the controversy (including threats) surrounding our slaughter decision, we couldn’t find anyone to process him, and we did not want to put him through another snowy, icy winter with his injuries. He had to be buried off-site due to a high water table and proximity to a town water source.
Lou was 11 years old. He was always the smarter one, and with so many different teamsters learning to drive on him, that made for some trouble, though he was always gentle and docile. The trouble made for learning.
He will be missed by many.
-BenNovember 11, 2012 at 9:46 pm #75736JeanParticipant
Ben, thanks for letting us know. My thoughts are with you and Lou. Sorry it had to come to this.
JeanNovember 11, 2012 at 11:27 pm #75737jen judkinsParticipant
Its too bad he could not have been composted on site for future benefit of the college farm.November 12, 2012 at 1:10 am #75739JayParticipant
Ben and all, our thoughts are with you – it’s never easy – this “other” side of living/working farming, but I wouldn’t trade it hard as it is sometimes. We are thinking of you. JayNovember 14, 2012 at 4:50 am #75738near horseParticipant
You and those who had the pleasure of knowing and working Lou have my deepest sympathy. As Jay says, it’s never easy but I think the sadness indicates the level of relationship you had with him.November 14, 2012 at 3:17 pm #75740Kevin CunninghamParticipant
The most important thing is that he is resting peacefully and not in pain. The smart ones always seem to be there to teach us something about ourselves.
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