Kickass, the doorstop dog, joins the keeper in noting yet another sad result of the coronavirus as farmers dump thousands of gallons of milk down the drain due to dried up markets. Marketing experts suggested to farmers that it would be a good time to “cull the herd.”
The keeper is reminded of traveling to Illinois in the 1970’s to write a news story about farmers shooting their cows as part of a National Farmers Organization protest. The image of farmers standing on the edge of the large bulldozed pit aiming rifles down at their cows is somehow still vivid, perhaps due in part to the keeper’s long association with cows. That association goes back to being kicked into a manure filled gutter by a cow named Longlegs simply because a fishhook in the keeper’s school-boy cap pricked Longlegs in the flank.
Cows are so wonderfully dumb and docile that it is impossible not to like them. Their demise as an offshoot of the coronavirus is perhaps inconsequential in the grand scheme of things, but the fact that their milk is being dumped offends the keeper who insists on starting the day with a ‘farmer” breakfast that includes a large glass of milk.