When we finished the hayride, the sun disappeared behind the cloud mountain. We took our seats at a small rectangular table draped with a brown tablecloth. A lantern glowed yellow light across a small vase of flowers and two miniature cast iron pans filled with dollops of spiced honey butter. But before a single course was served, Steven addressed his guests and described the ranch’s history.
In turn, people began to ask questions: “Can I order beef from Triple L Ranch?”; Yes. “Do you ship across the United States?”; It’s expensive, but yes. Steven explained that his favorite part of the job is seeing new calves born, and caring for them into adulthood. His wife called out from the back—Steven knows every single cow’s number and parentage by heart. And then came the question on everyone’s mind…
“If you form such a strong bond with each animal, is it hard when it has to end?”
That’s the question, isn’t it? If you create this big, beautiful ranch, and care for all these large, majestic animals—how can you sit back and watch one of your own creation go to the slaughterhouse?