It strikes me as odd as how many people loose their livestock because they go away for a day or two, have a tragic occurance, and then act surprised and sad about it. How sad it is that these animals are forced to suffer and then go to waste because people want to play at having a farm. Keeping animals is task enough when there are people around, and tragic things can happen even then, but IMHO, a person is just asking for trouble when he/she goes away for a couple days thinking they've left enough food and water, and everything is secure. Again, in IMHO, when you have livestock, you do not take mini-vacations and hope the animals can fend for themselves. Or if you do go away, you find a trustworthy person who can check on them at least morning and evening, and even a third or fourth time during the day if the weather becomes extreme. Animals have a habit of knocking over waterers and the like, and do not have the ability to go and fetch more themselves, and they cannot open and shut doors and windows if it gets too hot or too cold. If you want to keep animals--KEEP animals. If you'd rather play around and spend time at other places away from home, go to a petting zoo and contract with an organic farmer. Don't waste animals. That's my rant. Thank you for reading.