Posted: 16/11/2013 at 22:41
Dove, I really agree with what you said. I used to have a smallholding too, not as varied as yours, chickens, ducks, Jersey cows. But we were sentimental about the ducks! Couldn't eat them, but they laid eggs, especially the Khaki Campbells, and I sold them. The girl calves went to market or were sold privately and the boys to the local butcher who had a licence. He was very good, I don't think the calves (not really calves by then, I kept them for over a year) knew anything about their fate. I think they had happy lives.