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Update on the cows

The cattle are gone today.
Not one single cow or bull is here.

I feel queasy. 
Why?
Because I'm pretty sure where they went.

This past Saturday, Mr. F, his brother and I went to the local cattle auction
at the enthusiastic recommendation of our cattle rancher.

Mr. F's brother insists cattle rancher man loves his cattle.
After watching him with his cattle and talking about his cattle,
I believe it.

Cattle rancher man has a full relationship with his cattle:
He can adore them, and he can sell them for human consumption.

Ouch.

All week, I've been grappling with this duality.
I understand it intellectually,
but my stomach (where I harbor most of my emotions) wants to wretch.
I've been limiting my red meat consumption.

At the cattle auction,
we sat in the audience section,
safe from being accused of biding,
close enough to observe this auction process.

I'll let the photos*, with captions, tell the rest of the story.


The auction half moon
A cow is literally prodded into the auction half moon on the left side.
There are three gated areas each cow goes through. If you look
closely, you can see a cow moving from the first section to the second.
It seems like a cow can be auctioned on in any of the three gated sections.
The auctioneer was speaking so quickly, we couldn't understand him.
You can see the door (gate) on the right is open, which means a cow has left
the auction, having been bid on.

There are three men who prod the cattle through the auction half moon.
One at the left opening gate; one at the middle gates; and one
at the final gate. Each holds an electrical prod to zap the cows
to move as they wish. In the final gated section, the cow is prodded
enough so it walks in a circle before exiting the auction half moon.


Behind the scenes
These cows are waiting in a queue to be bid on.
As a cow gets closer to the auction 
(moving from left to right),
the smaller the queue area.


Holding pens
The auction cattle, either awaiting to be bid on
or waiting to be taken by their new owner.
Onlookers view the cattle from above.



*All photos in this post are copyright 2009, Tammeron JonesFrancis
They are not to be used by others without direct permission
from Tammeron JonesFrancis.
You can contact him at:
jonesfrancis design consulting llc

Comments

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(Anonymous)
Mar. 16th, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
I couldn't even read this throught to the end....stuff i would rather not know...but sickens and enrages me!
lost_tumbleweed
Mar. 17th, 2009 07:56 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know what you mean. That was the whole point of posting this entry. I wanted others to get a sense of what we experienced. We didn't stay long, because I couldn't handle it. We stayed long enough so Mr. F could take photos. It was very difficult.
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