Cows

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 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.

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.

Mr. Rogers
Mr. Rogers is all brown, with smaller horns. He was born at SASHA one week after his mother, Bella, escaped during an accident involving a slaughterhouse transport truck near Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is named after one of SASHA’s long time volunteers, who was the first to welcome Mr. Rogers into the world after his mother gave birth.

Apple
is black and white, and it looks like she is wearing black boots. She was raised on a beef farm. In 2013, when the landowner sold the property, she was destined for slaughter, along with her calf, White Heart, and the rest of her herd family. With the help of large donations by friends of SASHA, Apple, White Heart, and two other cows (Emma and Webb) were saved and sent to SASHA. Six months later, Apple gave birth to her son, Billy Ray.