For some reason I can't get myself motivated to find something new. Maybe that's because things are pretty routine and I feel like I've posted about all of it before? Maybe it's because there's been a lot on my mind...thinking about potential college visits...kids schedules...still dealing with chronic back pain and wondering what direction that's going to go?
So...here's a re-post from 2010, soon after I started blogging. I was reminded of it when I saw several groups of people walking the roads with trash bags the other week. I don't think people realize the damage that it can do. It's not just an eyesore...
Please...find a trash can!
(from October 27, 2010)
I guess finding a trash can is just too much work for some people!
Yesterday as I was planting rye in the soybean field along the road, I noticed a lot of trash lying among the stubble. This morning, I went back to pick it up. This is what I found…
Trash like this will very easily be either chopped up with the corn silage or baled up with the hay, finding its’ way in small, sharp pieces, into the cows feed.
One our best milking cows recently “went off feed”, began running a high fever, and dropped in milk production to almost nothing. She hunched her back as if she was in pain. After Jim and the vet checked her out, they determined that she is most likely suffering from “hardware”.
When a cow ingests a foreign object, it can pierce her stomach and cause pain and infection. In some cases, she recovers. In some cases, however, the object can go through the wall of her stomach and pierce her heart, causing irreparable damage. That’s what they think happened to this cow; the object most likely pierced the sack around her heart and may have damaged a valve.
The magnet remains in her stomach in hopes that it will draw pieces of metal to it, preventing them from going through the cow’s digestive system. But…in that small pile of trash that I found, there are glass bottles and pieces of hard plastic as well. And…the magnet is not foolproof.
#264 is slowly beginning to make more milk again. Her fever is down and her appetite is back, but she will not likely recover fully. She could have a relapse at any time and will probably have to be slaughtered.
All that said, throwing trash out the car window is not just ugly…it’s causing real problems for someone, somewhere! But I know none of you would ever consider it… right?!
**A note on #264. Thankfully she made a full recovery and lived for several more years before we had to sell her because of breeding issues. Sometimes the story does have a happy ending.