Casualty cow, westcountry.

egbert

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Autumn tidy up coming.
I've an old girl gone in the hip who I don't want to move.
She's reared a blinder of a calf, and is well fleshed as well.
I'm sure some foxhounds would be grateful on the right week, but wonder if there's still anyone doing on farm casualties?
Is that still a thing?
 

exmoor dave

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Location
exmoor, uk
Autumn tidy up coming.
I've an old girl gone in the hip who I don't want to move.
She's reared a blinder of a calf, and is well fleshed as well.
I'm sure some foxhounds would be grateful on the right week, but wonder if there's still anyone doing on farm casualties?
Is that still a thing?

Stillmans were, but under a different name..... which I can't currently remember 🙈

Not sure if they still are or not
 
As long as the SRM/by-products are correctly disposed of, then you can slaughter at home for the consumption of your own household. Your knacker man might be worth talking to. I am a big fan of mince and tatties, but a whole cow's worth....

How lame is she? Is it worth having a vet look at her with a view to certifying fitness to transport? Unfortunately, slaughter on-farm for inclusion in the food chain is now limited to previously healthy animals which are unable to be transported as the result of an accident.
 
Vets in our area will not certify as fit to travel anymore and the risk is down to you or the haulier unfortunately. Some abattoir vets are good and accept that providing you have taken good care to get them there and they can still bear weight on all four legs then they are accepted.
Not all are like that though and unfortunately as local places have disappeared they have to be trucked long distances.
 

egbert

Member
As long as the SRM/by-products are correctly disposed of, then you can slaughter at home for the consumption of your own household. Your knacker man might be worth talking to. I am a big fan of mince and tatties, but a whole cow's worth....

How lame is she? Is it worth having a vet look at her with a view to certifying fitness to transport? Unfortunately, slaughter on-farm for inclusion in the food chain is now limited to previously healthy animals which are unable to be transported as the result of an accident.
I don't want her for the freezer......got masses of prime inbound already.

It's a technicality whether an 'accident of birth' led her to have a hip fail at 8 years.....
She's glowing with health, but doesn't want to walk very fast, making a scritching sound as she does (and if I thought it was unduly bothering her, I'd pull the plug this instance, before anyone says. But she's perfectly happy with her life in a little paddock with her strapping calf)

I don't suppose the 'Old cows home' would want her hobbling in, and I wouldn't ask her to load for that trip anyway.
 

choochter

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Location
aberdeenshire
I don't want her for the freezer......got masses of prime inbound already.

It's a technicality whether an 'accident of birth' led her to have a hip fail at 8 years.....
She's glowing with health, but doesn't want to walk very fast, making a scritching sound as she does (and if I thought it was unduly bothering her, I'd pull the plug this instance, before anyone says. But she's perfectly happy with her life in a little paddock with her strapping calf)

I don't suppose the 'Old cows home' would want her hobbling in, and I wouldn't ask her to load for that trip anyway.
you'll have to keep her in bye for a pet, then
 

egbert

Member
you'll have to keep her in bye for a pet, then
She's been a very good cow, but was clearly not fit to go to the hill this spring.
She calved fine, and so we left her beside the yard with a nice looking SDX calf...and it's grown and grown.
I won't see her suffer a road journey, but still, she'd be quite a treat for the hounds.
 
Vets in our area will not certify as fit to travel anymore and the risk is down to you or the haulier unfortunately. Some abattoir vets are good and accept that providing you have taken good care to get them there and they can still bear weight on all four legs then they are accepted.
Not all are like that though and unfortunately as local places have disappeared they have to be trucked long distances.
Interesting. Practice vets in our area will certify fitness for transport and, as a slaughterhouse OV, that's usually good enough for me.
 

egbert

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I'm not sure I've made myself clear.
This cow has been a productive and useful cow, kind of eye and nature.
Whatever any vet said, I don't consider she's fit to travel, and I'd no more load her in a trailer for an hours uncomfortable ride, to then stand in a pen with a lot of strange cows shoving her about for an unknown period of time, than cut my own foot off.

I'll allow her to breathe her last on the same land where drew her first.
The only question is what happens after that.
 

An Gof

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Location
Cornwall
I'm not sure I've made myself clear.
This cow has been a productive and useful cow, kind of eye and nature.
Whatever any vet said, I don't consider she's fit to travel, and I'd no more load her in a trailer for an hours uncomfortable ride, to then stand in a pen with a lot of strange cows shoving her about for an unknown period of time, than cut my own foot off.

I'll allow her to breathe her last on the same land where drew her first.
The only question is what happens after that.

My cousin had a cull cow killed on farm that was then taken away. I beleive he had a small “consideration” for it. If I’m reading you correctly @egbert this would be an acceptable arrangement. Money in rather than disposal cost. 😉 Mind you his was a big dairy cow rather than a small hairy thing 🤣🤣
 

Muddyroads

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Location
Devon
I'm not sure I've made myself clear.
This cow has been a productive and useful cow, kind of eye and nature.
Whatever any vet said, I don't consider she's fit to travel, and I'd no more load her in a trailer for an hours uncomfortable ride, to then stand in a pen with a lot of strange cows shoving her about for an unknown period of time, than cut my own foot off.

I'll allow her to breathe her last on the same land where drew her first.
The only question is what happens after that.
I guess that will depend on whether she dies of natural causes or if you have to be involved.
 

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