Originally Posted by Valmai
Doesn't sound like 'just a limp' the way you wrote that. Maybe I am overreacting but if your child had a bad limp would you wait 'for months' before calling the doctor?
No, I would not. But I also wouldn't schedule a butcher appointment for my child if I figured I would have trouble paying the doctor bills or that the doctor couldn't help after all.
It is a cow, aka livestock. We do our best to treat it well, and give it all it needs. We do this because it is right and because we expect something in return.
When an animal gets sick, I always have to do a mental calculation to see if the money I'll spend on calling the vet and treating the animal will ever be able to be gotten back out of the animal if it is healed. If the cost is far going to exceed the returns, I have to decide whether to try and treat(never knowing if its even going to work) or cut my losses and make freezer meat out of said animal.
Maybe watching her for months wasn't what you or I would do, but that doesn't make it wrong. A cow with a severe limp would be skin and bones after three months of limping, not worth even butchering, so I am assuming this limp isn't even that bad. In the dairy I've had cows that easily limped for over a month while getting over an injury(bruised feet are not at all uncommon on our extremely rocky ground), they didn't drop weight, they didn't drop milk production, etc.
Having had cows with wrenched knees and bruised feet before, that did get better all on their own, I can sympathize with the watch and wait decision.
Anyway, comparing a cow to a child is just a little over the top in my opinion.