i've been torn over the need to find omer a new home. omer was the first goat i saw birthed. i had my hand on his head as he exited his mother sunshine. we've watched omer develop and push the boundaries. approaching the age of 3, omer has made choices that aren't compatible with a dairy.
this is not the first time i had to say goodbye to a goat and probably not the last. sending them off to a new home isn't getting any easier.
these moments of tension allow us the opportunity to ask the bigger questions. what is a pet and what is livestock? to what length do we go to take care of our animals? occasionally im asked why i dont raise goats purely for meat? "its so much easier", folks say. but is it? what about the emotional cost that doesn't show up in a yearly budget?
omer must move. (above was written last week)
the move happened yesterday morning. Ike Gejdenson from Bozrah, CT came to pick him up and bring him home to his farm. Omer will join four other wethers in clearing fields of multiflora rose. this will be a good life for omer. plenty of room to roam and plenty to eat.
gam zeh l'tovah. also this is for good. as hard as sending omer away it was the right decision. with the does expecting to kid in two months having omer around was a liability we couldn't afford.
omer enjoy the shefa.
you have taught us much, todah.