Trying to express the inexpressible

Thank god we don’t have to deal with this in Australia. I hope we never do.

Farmer David Barton

Three days ago a slaughterman came to my farm to shoot Ernie, our stock bull, and three other cattle that had tested positive for bovine TB.

They had to be killed on farm because they’d been given worming medication which meant they couldn’t be taken to a slaughterhouse. I invited the NFU to come down and film what was one of the most distressing experiences of my farming life.

That night I started trying to put my thoughts into words for a blog post. This is as far as I got.

I woke up with a feeling of dread in my stomach again….

I don’t have facilities for slaughtering my own animals on the farm so an unbearable time was spent waiting for the first – a beautiful young heifer – to get into the correct position.

I can’t watch….the BANG, when it finally comes, is piercing and final. The…

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2 responses to “Trying to express the inexpressible

  1. John Keily

    Marion, we have already dealt with it.. That;s why Australia is now TB and Brucellosis free. Australian farmers gritted their teeth and were tough and got the job done. http://www.oie.int/doc/ged/D8570.PDF

    Was it worth it? Of course it was. Bovine TB can be passed on to humans. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mycobacterium_bovis

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