I was fortunate to watch an excellent film this week on HBO about the life and work of Temple Grandin, a professor who has changed the way we handle animals, especially prior to slaughter. She emphasizes that if we are going to take the life of an animal we at least owe it the respect of treating it better while it is in our care.
Every week, I shuffle the sheep to another pen so we can bring a new big round bale in to encase in netting for them to feed off. They stand eagerly waiting for the gate to open to enjoy more hay..same hay quality as the day before but new to them....but they get so excited all the same! These creatures depend on me to keep doing this, and I am happy to make them happy