Gracie, a breed of cow morbidly referred to as “Beefmaster,” arrived at SASHA Farm last week all the way from Alabama, where she was saved from a lifetime of producing babies destined for slaughter.
A few weeks ago, Gracie gave birth to a calf and in the process, her uterus prolapsed. This means that her uterus basically turned itself inside out and came out with the calf. Obviously, this is a life threatening condition, and she was taken to the vet for treatment. Her calf, who was weak and not thriving, accompanied her. Eventually, it was decided that the calf would be euthanized. Before that could happen, though, a compassionate woman who happened to be taking her dog to the vet that day spotted the pair, heard their story, and offered to buy the pair and try to save the calf.Â Sadly, the calf could not be saved. Gracie was, though. You see, cows on a commercial beef farm who prolapse while giving birth are usually “culled,” the sanitized term for killing an animal in the herd who is seen as worthless or a liability. Had she not been saved by the kind woman in the vet clinic, she likely would have survived only long enough to be loaded onto a truck and taken to slaughter. Instead, the woman paid for her ongoing vet care and boarding, and having no good place to keep a cow, she began searching for somewhere for Gracie to live where she would always be safe. She found SASHA Farm.
When we heard the story of Gracie’s rescue, we knew we had to help her. The problem was logistics. Gracie was ten hours away in Alabama. Gracie’s rescuer had already checked with every potential sanctuary home that was closer, and no one could take her, and no one they contacted in Alabama with a trailer capable of hauling a cow was willing to lend or rent it out for such a long drive. (And let’s face it, most people who would own such a trailer would be unlikely to understand the importance of this mission.) While Gracie’s rescuer searched and searched for a way to get her to SASHA Farm, we worried that she wouldn’t make it here before winter. Gracie’s an Alabama girl, and her breed was created to withstand a hot climate. She would definitely need some time to acclimate before our January and February low temperatures set in.
Finally, we all decided that the only good solution to this problem was to just go get her. Thanks to your generous support, a couple of years ago we were finally able to purchase a much needed livestock trailer for just these occasions. Monte made the 22-hour round trip, and he and Gracie arrived safely late Thursday night.
Gracie is a beautiful girl, understandably cautious with a bright spark of intelligence in her big brown eyes. She’s a little different than the breeds we have now, and I’m sure we’re a little different than the humans she’s dealt with most of her life, and so we’re all studying each other, learning routines and trust. It won’t be long before she can meet her new cow family.
Welcome to your new home, Gracie! We’re so glad to have you!