“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Goodbye, Old Friend

 Yesterday was a sad day for the farm. 

 We said our final goodbye to our oldest (and one of our very first) fainting goats...  O'Malley.

Malley was born on St. Patrick's Day of 2007,

 and came to live on the farm at the beginning of that summer.

Of the countless goats we raised, here on the farm, Malley was, by far, the friendliest.  

When we had children visit the farm, we could always count on Malley to let them pet her.  Malley was always willing to participate with our shenanigans.

During her earlier years, she birthed several sets of twins... 

the last being Fred and Sally.  Sally remains with us to this day.

Sadly, it is not uncommon for fainting goats to develop musculoskeletal problems and arthritis in their later years.  Malley had, over the past few weeks, become weaker and weaker and eventually struggled to walk.

The decision to say goodbye to a pet and end their suffering is never an easy decision. In the end, it is the last, kindest thing that we can do for our beloved animals.  I have witnessed the assisted passing of many animals and it has always been peaceful. 

Malley's daughter, Sally, was by her side as she passed and seemed to understand that her Momma was leaving...

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