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


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.


11 thoughts on “I bought it but I don’t want to use it

  1. 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.

    • 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.

  2. 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.

    • 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.

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