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Old 12-11-2013, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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This is a very touching picture. Wonder if she knows this cow will probably be on someones table soon. It was taken at the NY State Fair.

I always feel so sad for 4H kids when they get so attached to their pet projects. I'm sure they are warned the animal is not really a pet and will be sold eventually.

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Old 12-11-2013, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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This is a very touching picture. Wonder if she knows this cow will probably be on someones table soon. It was taken at the NY State Fair.

I always feel so sad for 4H kids when they get so attached to their pet projects. I'm sure they are warned the animal is not really a pet and will be sold eventually.
They know. I was a 4-Her. It's still sad the first couple of times. The only way to get a docile animal is to spend a lot of time with it.
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Old 12-11-2013, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Under the Redwoods
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Very cute picture for sure.
There is a different mindset with kids when they aquire and project animal. In 4H or FFA, it's known before aquiring the animal what will happen to it. However, not all project animals go to market.

My daughter raised a pig for an FFA project. She had a lot of fun with the pig, he was funny, but also yummy. She had no issues with its 'end'.
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Old 12-11-2013, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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My dad raised cattle for 4-H, and had a hard time with giving them up after raising them, to the point where he encouraged other activities for my siblings and I rather than 4-H. None of my siblings or I did 4-H or FFA, despite growing up rurally and having most of our peers participating in one or the other, if not both. Kind of a shame, since there are lots and lots of great 4-H activities that have nothing to do with raising livestock that would have been fun and beneficial. FFA, I wasn't really interested in, since I never planned on going into farming, but 4-H, by this point, has expanded way beyond animal husbandry-related stuff. It focuses on much broader youth development, leadership, citizenship, etc.
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Old 12-18-2013, 05:28 AM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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My parents grew up when people still slaughtered some of their meat. As my mother has said, "Don't make friends with dinner."
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Old 12-19-2013, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Jamestown, NY
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This is a very touching picture. Wonder if she knows this cow will probably be on someones table soon. It was taken at the NY State Fair.

I always feel so sad for 4H kids when they get so attached to their pet projects. I'm sure they are warned the animal is not really a pet and will be sold eventually.
That's a heifer from a milking breed, a "red" Holstein or maybe an Ayrshire or Guernsey, so she'll be in a milking herd for several years before she goes off to become steaks or hamburger.

Farm kids learn the "reality" of livestock early on, almost by osmosis, which is why I never did livestock in 4-H, but stuck with horses.
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Old 12-19-2013, 09:06 AM
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This is a very touching picture. Wonder if she knows this cow will probably be on someones table soon. It was taken at the NY State Fair.

I always feel so sad for 4H kids when they get so attached to their pet projects. I'm sure they are warned the animal is not really a pet and will be sold eventually.
While it is a momentary stress, it is also a normalization of responses to life on earth and death that will serve the child in the future. Parents who provide children with short-lived pets, such as hamsters, unknowingly provide a similar lesson albeit in a smaller fashion.
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