Years ago when we first started feeding the dogs raw it was called the BARF diet. BARF stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. Biologically appropriate because dogs and cats are not meant to eat corn, Chicken By-Product Meal, or Thiamine Mononitrate.
|Penny eating a chicken neck|
When you feed what nature intends an animal to eat then everything is balanced. When you actually understand how an animals digestive system works, how they eat, and how they move, not only will you have healthy animals, you have a lot less work. So I have decided that we are Biologically Appropriate Farmers. Not just biologically appropriate for the animals but for the land. By understanding what the animals need, allowing them to move with the land, with the weather, with the seasons then you will have a healthy happy farm.
So that brings me to Ezra, our new cow. Ezra is a Dexter, a true small breed standing between 3 and 3 1/2 feet tall at the shoulders. Believe me she has the cow presence, just not the stature.
|Parker on the morning of his birth|
That whole fiasco led us to free ranging Ezra. Every morning when I go out to milk Almond I let Ezra out. She spends all day out and when I go back to do evening chores she comes back in and Parker gets to nurse. We tried letting them both out but the dogs thought Parker would want to play, and he freaked out.
I have to say it is wonderful to look out the window and see Ezra eating fallen apples or grazing on the green grass.