The Hard Part Of Homesteading – Eco Snippets

The Hard Part Of Homesteading


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“When hubby told me that he had locked up our steer so we could shoot him the next day, I couldn’t help but feel a twinge of sadness. It’s not that I had an especially close bond the steer. We had only had him since the summer, and he could be rather rude at times.

But I saw him every day when I went to the barn to do chores, and I had even trained him to stand back and wait while I milked Oakley the Cow. He was a living creature that I “knew.” He had eyes, and a heart, and a personality. Yet, when the time came, I held the rope as hubby put him down. He went calmly and quietly, with a mouthful of alfalfa hay between his teeth.

I’ve been pondering this all week – on one hand, I was incredibly excited to butcher a beef ourselves for the first time. On the other hand, I felt rather sorry to see him go. But, I’ve come to the conclusion that my conflicting feelings are nothing to be ashamed of…”

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I always felt sad too when my grandpa would butcher a pig. Grandma said that it was akin to Jesus giving his life for us. The pig gave his life so that we could survive and live on. I remember how respectful everyone was of the pig on butchering day. My uncles would hold it and talk to it calmly and soothingly, while Grandpa would shoot it in the head. They always cut the neck vein right away after shooting to make sure it was dead and strung it up. We were very busy on that day, and had fresh pork for dinner.

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Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.

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