Do you know what "prize" awaits the Grand Champion animals from all the fairs all over the country each year? Usually, they get loaded onto a trailer immediately after the fair is over and taken to a slaughterhouse. The luckier ones get taken to a farm where they'll be used to produce offspring who will be taken from them and sent to slaughter, until they themselves are too old to reproduce, at which point - yep, slaughter. "Champion" or not, it all ends the same.
A few are more fortunate, though. Over the years, we've been contacted on occasion by individuals who want to save their 4-H animals from this sad fate. We're always happy to help. That's why when we were contacted this year by Food Art Catered Affairs in Manchester, asking if we'd take two lambs they intended to save, we were thrilled to say yes. True to their word, the folks at Food Art rolled in near midnight on Saturday, just after the fair was over, with the Grand Champion sheep, Yoko (above), and her best friend John (right). The family who raised John and Yoko were especially relieved that John had been saved, because as a castrated boy, there was no hope that he'd be spared and used for breeding, as all their ewes had been in the past.
We'd like to thank Food Art for saving these two sweet, gentle lambs, and you can, too! Next time you need an event catered, remember that they do great vegan catering!