Apple, White Heart and Billy Ray

Apple, a beautiful Holstein, was raised on a beef farm. We do not really know how many calves were taken from her to be raised for beef nor the heartbreak that she and her calves went through as they were separated. But In 2013, the landowner decided to sell the property, and she and the rest of the herd she lived with were destined for slaughter. Luckily, many SASHA Farm friends raised donations to help save Apple and her young daughter White Heart, along with herd members Emma and her son Webb.

When these Holsteins arrived at SASHA Farm, Apple’s daughter, still a calf, was named “White Heart” because of the white heart on her forehead, which she obviously inherited from her mom. Apple and White Heart gradually warmed up to their loving caretakers despite having little positive human contact in their lives before. Soon they were loving every new day at SASHA.

Apple was pregnant when she arrived, and six months later gave birth to her son, Billy Ray (named by a volunteer in memory of her father). When Billy Ray was born, Apple naturally became protective of her new son, and big sister White Heart helped to take care of her baby brother by standing close and watching over him. It has truly been a life changing experience to watch this family living together, loving and caring for one another. They are a family unit, and they will spend their lifetimes here, safe and free at SASHA Farm.

Norman lived on a small farm in SE Michigan, where he was a companion to a senior horse. After the horse passed away, Norman was lonely and grieving, so his compassionate owner brought him to SASHA, where he could live forever with other cows and horses. He is a handsome, loving member of the SASHA Family. Not to be confused with Norman the donkey.

Daisy Belle is a female Holstein, born on a dairy farm. She was born with a male twin. The male was removed by the farmer to be raised and sold for meat, but Daisy Belle was found to be sterile, in addition to having congenital cataracts. She was put in a pen, not fed, and left to die. A kindly neighbor convinced the farmer to let her take the calf. Daisy Belle arrived at SASHA at the age of only three weeks and was bottle fed for many months. She had many health issues, including pneumonia. Although she will always be small, she has regained her health and is very playful and curious about everything around her. Although she will always be little lamb (now grown up sheep) Suzy’s best friend, she now runs in the pasture with the “big boys” Bhima and the Jersey Five and really holds her own!

Daisy, a Black Angus, pregnant when she came to SASHA in June of 2014, was rescued from a backyard butcher who was running a small slaughterhouse in Riga, Mich. She was kept alive for the sole purpose of producing calves for meat. Daisy had given birth to three calves before her rescue. Knowing humans only as the people responsible for taking her babies away from her, Daisy was understandably averse to humans upon being rescued by SASHA staff. After six days at SASHA, she gave birth to Lucky.

Lucky was born on SASHA Farm in early July of 2016, only six days after his mother, Daisy, arrived. Shortly after Lucky’s birth, it was determined that Daisy could not produce milk, because of being bred over and over. So Lucky did not have access to colostrum, which was essential “first mother’s milk” to help him form antibodies, and he became weak and sickly. Lucky was taken to Michigan State University Veterinary Hospital where the vet put Lucky on supplements and antibiotics and he improved noticeably. He was bottle fed five times a day by loving volunteers and staff and grew and thrived from all the love and good nutrition. Now, Daisy and Lucky are happy and healthy, glad to be alive and loved at SASHA Farm.

Lucky as a baby

Lucky, all grown up

The Jersey Five: Five Jersey males were born on a dairy farm in Michigan, destined to be raised and sold for meat. A kindhearted woman purchased all five, and they came to SASHA at one week old on Labor Day, 2017. Their names are: Lucy, Bo, Marian, Morrissey, and Thambi (Pictured directly below: Bhima and Thambi)

Morrissey, one of the Jersey Five

Lu, all grown up! Lu is known as the Jersey Boy unicorn because of his one horn!

Moo is brown and white, with no speckles on his white face. He is a Polled Hereford steer raised on Long Island. Born in 2006, he was destined for slaughter until he broke free and ran free for a few days, stopping traffic and creating quite a scene. He was finally captured on a busy beach, and his release was negotiated by a local citizen. He came to SASHA Farm in 2009.

MacGregor: MacGregor is a Scottish Highland steer. He was obtained from the Detroit Zoo, in a trade for a lonely ostrich from SASHA, who went to the zoo to join the other ostriches. He came to SASHA in 2015. He is independent and stands back a bit, but his beauty and nobility stand out. We are so happy to have this beautiful creature at SASHA Farm.

Meet Mr. Rogers!

Mr. Rogers is a magnificent looking Guernsey, all brown, with rather small horns. He was born at SASHA Farm on August 20, 2010, one week after his mother Bella escaped a transport truck packed with cows on their way to be slaughtered. Bella survived the crash and ran off. Monte Jackson and Bob Harvie from SASHA were called in to help, and they picked her up near Grand Rapids, MI. She joined the SASHA Family the next day, very thin and hardly able to walk. At the time she was pregnant, but no one was aware of her pregnancy.

About a week later, longtime volunteer John Rogers walked into the cow barn, right after she had delivered a male calf! He says, “I missed it by minutes. I sponsored the calf and gave him my surname – Mr. Rogers.” Bella, only 10 years old, died shortly after the birth of her son, totally spent – a victim of factory farming. Her son Mr. Rogers lives on at SASHA, free and safe, in memory of Bella and all other factory farmed animals who have not been so fortunate.

Please consider a plant-based diet so that all the beautiful Bellas out there can live the lives they were meant to live.