I bought it but I don’t want to use it

Blitz

The circle of life in stainless steel

I paid handsomely for this German-engineered (whoops, I mean Danish) tool but I hate it. The charmingly-named Blitz Gun is used specifically for killing cattle. Importantly, it’s not a typical gun and operators don’t need a shooter’s licence. The Blitz arrived this afternoon by courier and I’ve only just opened it gingerly for a closer look.

Until now, we’d relied on professionals to euthanase our cows. Two knackery men serviced our area and the waiting time for suffering animals was brief but after one sold his business, it stretched to a single daily round. That meant the prospect of cows struggling through icy nights. That, I believe, is not good enough.

As farmers, we cannot stop the circle of life from turning but we can do our best to look after our animals the whole way through.
 

 

8 Comments

Filed under Animal Health and Welfare

8 responses to “I bought it but I don’t want to use it

  1. margaret

    Thoughtful and interesting post Marion, important for us non-producers to gain more understanding of the farm business. Unfortunately the cycle of life stops for no-one! People need to better understand how meat and dairy gets to their table.

    Like

  2. Gee whizz I didn’t even know such a thing existed. Understand your reticence You are braver than me I think I will keep with the vet its hard enough watching someone else do

    Like

  3. Well done Marion. Also you are very keen on animal welfare which is a great credit to you people. You also have a top quality website with information.

    Like

  4. Ian A

    Marian
    Why do you need a special gun? I would have thought a normal rifle would do the job.
    Cheers
    Ian A

    Like

    • milkmaidmarian

      Good question, Ian. You could use a .22 or higher calibre rifle but I don’t like having guns on the farm and neither Wayne or I have a shooter’s licence. My Dad had two guns and one of them nearly cost my brother his life.

      Like

  5. clarabellmoo

    Ours just arrived too Marion. Actually as much as I hate the thing, it gives me some comfort to know that if no-one else is around, I can do the job if I have to. Sadly ours did get a job very recently when a heifer jumped a rail and broke her leg. It would have been hours in pain if we had waited for a vet or the petfood processors. We also don’t wish to have guns on the property.
    One of the Irish backpackers asked me if we couldn’t have mended her leg – I told him we do try for small animals but it is incredibly difficult for larger animals as they need to be kept still and bandaged up for 6-8weeks. Sadly not much we can do for the bigger ones except put them out of their painful situation. Farming can be so heartbreaking.

    Like

    • milkmaidmarian

      I still haven’t had to use ours yet, Clarabellmoo, but I’m glad yours arrived in time to end the suffering of your poor heifer. You’re right – if we own animals of any description, we need to be prepared to do the right thing by them and sometimes that takes a lot of courage.

      Like

Leave a Reply - comments are moderated, so don't worry if your comment doesn't appear straight away, I'm probably just off feeding a child or a cow!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s