If you would have told me last year that this year we would own a herd of beef cattle, I would not have believed you! But, God has been gracious once again to bless us with a gift to the farm. This herd has a story… Ok, so it seems everything we do here has some kind of story, but this one, well, it’s a REALLY good story.
A family in the 1960’s was living in Lincoln Park near Detroit. They were pretty much city slickers, although the mother of the brood grew up on a farm in Mississippi… They were raising 3 boys and during the infamous Detroit riots there was a curfew in the evening. This family would hear gunshots each evening while staying inside during curfew. They finally thought, “Well, we don’t have to stay here”, so they began looking to purchase a farm. They were new to the whole farming concept except for the Mrs. growing up on a farm.
They pursued their dream of owning a farm and getting out of the city life. After searching through many states with the 3 boys, they ended up back in Michigan to purchase their farm. About a year later, with not much experience, they purchased their very own herd of cattle. They were a little older than the gentle giant and I at this time.
They kept the cattle in the barn all winter, but then learned that even in the bitter cold, cows need fresh air. (live and learn just like we are) It was a tough winter to say the least for the cows (some pneumonia) and for the family as they were learning. So, that spring, they put up fences to let the herd out on pasture etc. to get fresh air and sunshine.
A real long story really short: They are 80 and 70something years old now. For 40 years they have had this herd and at one time it was up to 125 cattle. Well, they are ready to retire and we stumbled upon them and they said we were an answer to their prayers as they could not bear to go another winter taking care of these cows. We answered their prayers? Uh, it’s more like they answered OUR prayers! We purchased these at a great price… And, the kind man said, “there is just too much greed in the world today”… They are giving us a start in cattle farming and we could not be more thankful…
This herd has been totally “free-ranged and grass fed” and taken care of just the way we would have wanted with tons of fresh air abounding and more.
We had the sweet couple for dinner last evening and we laughed and talked and ate… A wonderful night. It was almost as we were looking to the future as they have seemed to live a life similar to ours. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. D… Someday, we will “pay it forward” to another young couple pursuing their passions when we are ready to retire… But for now, we have a lot of hard work ahead of us! J Thank you God for continuing to take care of our family, thank you for still “driving this thing”…