On October 12, 2019, we left Farm Sanctuary before sunrise with a team of six—driving more than four hours towards a property in Hobart, NY—where we were scheduled to pick up two cows and a steer. Little did we know, this rescue would end up taking more than 32 hours.
Honey, Camina, and Lux are Brown Swiss/Jersey crosses who once lived on a family farm in Hobart, NY. While these breeds are typically used for dairy, some people raise them for meat as well. Honey and Camina—grandmother and granddaughter—had likely lost their babies to slaughter. If all had gone to plan, Lux—the sole steer of the trio—would have faced the chopping block as well. Luckily, the farmer decided to phase out of production, and to keep these three on as companions. Over time, though, their needs exceeded what she could provide. Wanting to do right by her herd, she asked if we could take them on.
On the scheduled pickup day, our team of six—led by Farm Sanctuary Director of Facilities Mario Ramirez—arrived bright and early to explore the property and set up temporary fencing to help us corral and load the animals to our trailer. We had hoped to return home later that evening, but as it turned out, our mission would be more difficult than we had expected.
All three bovines were very skittish, and ran as far from us as possible. Our team responded by carefully studying their patterns—how each bovine moved, and the paths they liked to take—and then set up additional fencing to help guide them along.