Warren County Dairy Goat Show was great! We showed 5 does:
BELACRES GRETA won Recorded Grade Grand Champion and Best of Breed.
Will She Choose Abortion?
A young woman has recently discovered that she is pregnant. She has a life of her own to live and exciting dreams to attain, and this “pregnancy” does not fit in with her plans. In fact, “it” is an incredibly unwanted inconvenience. She has been told that she has a legal right to end the “pregnancy” and remove the “lump of tissue” that is in the way of the future that she so desperately desires. The “fetus” is part of “her body” after all, and no one should be able to tell her what she can and cannot do with her own body. And what other choice does she really have?
Will she choose abortion? If all she has been told is true, then why wouldn’t she? Abortion would appear to be a perfect solution that will make her life easier and allow her to go on with the future she wants. But is all that she has been told really true? Is the pregnancy just a “lump of tissue”? Is the “fetus” really only another part of her body? Will this decision actually give her the future she wants? Is abortion truly her only option?
First and foremost, it is important to determine what exactly is meant by the vague words “lump of tissue”, because that could mean any number of things. We need to be clear that when an abortionist refers to removing the “lump of tissue”, they really mean ending the precious life of a developing human child. Clarity of words is also important when an abortionist refers to ending or terminating a pregnancy which results in the death of the child residing in the protective womb of its mother. Abortionists often use evasive language like this to try to take the attention away from what is really going on, the murder of a baby.
This mother has been told that the fetus is actually not a human being though. Is that true? What makes someone human? Is it where they are located? Is it the physical or mental abilities they posses? How about their age? Would a special needs six year old be less human than a successful college student? The only consistent answer is that at the moment of fertilization God creates a new life with an eternal soul. God clearly illustrates His recognition of the pre-born as human persons in His word.
Psalm 139:13-16 says:
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
Even secular medical texts refer to fertilization as the moment when the egg and sperm become a human being. Doctor Louis Fridhandler, in the medical textbook Biology of Gestation, refers to fertilization as “that wonderful moment that marks the beginning of life for a new unique individual.”
Our new mother has also been told that this life is just another part of her body, much like her appendix or tonsils. What makes the unborn baby different? The difference is in its DNA. The mother’s arms and legs and tonsils all share the same genetic code that makes her, her. But it is not so with her fetus. At the moment of fertilization, her future child already has its own unique DNA that is different than both its mother and father, and will determine how it grows and matures. It is distinctly separate from its mother’s body, though dependent on and inside of the mother’s body, but still not her same body. Even our nation’s laws resoundingly support this fact. In 2000, the House of Representatives voted unanimously to delay capital punishment for a pregnant woman until after her child was born. Obviously, there is no law protecting the mother’s tonsils from capital punishment, so the unborn baby must not be a part of the mother’s body after all.
So, she now knows that the baby is an individual person and not part of her body, and that to end its life would be murdering another human being, but what about her life? Still, won’t aborting the baby give her the future she desires?
Many, many woman that have chosen abortion have not gotten the future they wanted. After having an abortion, woman are far more likely to have cancer, miscarriages, and later children born with disabilities. But the most damaging effect is on their mental health. Dr. Patricia Coleman, Professor of Human Development and Family studies at Bowling Green State University states that “81 percent of females who had an abortion were found to be at an increased risk for mental health problems, including, depression, alcohol abuse, and suicidal behaviors”.
God’s Word in Romans 2:15a says:
They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness…
It is clear that God sees abortion as the sin of murder, and these woman’s consciences are crying out to them that what they have done is wrong. The young woman that is considering an abortion has a conscience, and even though it has likely been dulled by lifelong exposure to the arguments of pro-abortionists, God can still change her heart.
Finally, we need to show the expectant mother that abortion is not the only choice she has. She needs to know that there are people willing to support her whether she decides to raise the child herself, or choses adoption. Pregnancy help centers are the first place she should turn to. These centers are lovingly run by trained individuals, who know best how to help her through this difficult season of her life, and provide her with the counseling and direction she needs to make the right choices for herself and her child. And amazingly, many of these centers can even use ultrasound equipment to persuasively show her the life within her womb that is already thriving.
All it takes is one person that has the courage to tell her that the “lump of tissue” is actually a human being. Her baby is created in the image of God to bring Him glory and further His kingdom here on Earth. The “fetus” is not part of her body, but a separate person with its own DNA. Someone who will be willing to warn her that she is considering making a choice that could permanently damage her mind and body, and do something that God sees as sin. Willing to give her other life-affirming options like adoption or assist her in raising the baby herself.
And with God’s help, she will now choose life.
ProLife Answers to ProChoice Arguments (expanded & updated) By Randy Alcorn
Why Pro-Life (Revised and updated) By Randy Alcorn
S. Lin, “The Relationship between Induced Abortion and Outcome of Subsequent Pregnancies”, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, May 15,1983, 139-40
To lose an animal will always be a trial for me. I have loved and cared for that animal. Planned their future, tried to make them happy. And then all those hours, thoughts, dreams, and dollars seem wasted.
Over the years of farming, I have lost many animals. Some were kids that never even got the chance to take their first breath. Mothers have died and taken their unborn with them. A favorite buck dies suddenly with no warning. A gentle calf was never given the chance to run and jump for joy. A beloved doeling, with all the potential in the world, dead. And the list goes on. And it hurts every time. I would ask myself if there had been anything more I could have done for them. Sometimes the answer was yes, and that is always when it hurt the most, because I felt like I had let them down somehow.
Had all the hours of stress and vet bills, trying desperately to bring that animal back from the brink of death, been wasted? Did their life have any purpose?
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
As hard as it may be to see at the time, their lives, all of them, did have a purpose. It’s my responsibility to make the most use out of their deaths, because I know that God is working even that out for my good. I need to learn as much as possible from their deaths, so that maybe next time the outcome can be different. Sometimes that has meant improving management, or nutrition. Or keeping certain medications on hand and removing hazards from their pastures. Maybe the only thing I got out of a death is to just spend more time in the barn and never take their lives for granted.
Whatever it is, I know I can trust God that their lives were not wasted.
4-H’s For Goats
I have been raising goats for most of my life…10 years to be exact. I have always loved goats ever since I can remember, and the last 10 years has only increased my love and enthusiasm for these wonderful animals. I was taking care of my mother’s herd of goats when I was about 7 years old, doing hoof-trimming, milking, and pulling kids when needed. When I was 13 years old, my younger sister and I purchased our own goats with our personal savings. Those first two milk goats that we got were the start of our herd of now over 20 dairy, meat, and fiber goats.
You may be wondering “why goats?” After all, I could have chosen to raise a multitude of other animals instead. What makes goats so amazing that I would dedicate 10 years of my life to these animals? You may be surprised to find out that my reason can be explained simply in the 4-H clover. Yes, I am talking about the Head, Heart, Hands, and Health H’s of 4-H, and although you may have never thought that the 4-H clover had anything remotely to do with goats, by the end, I think you will agree that these four H’s are all about goats.
While some of my goats may be a little hard-headed, I hope that you are not. By using your head, I think you will see that if you are considering a type of livestock to raise, goats almost always will come out as the logical choice.
Goats are extremely adaptable animals that thrive in many different environments and husbandry situations, making them a perfect choice for any homestead or serious farmer. They can thrive on land that sheep and cows would turn their noses up at, and utilize brush and wooded areas that would go to waste with other livestock. They don’t require elaborate housing, just a roof and 3 walls to block the wind. While fencing for goats is harder than for some other livestock, they do train well to electric fencing. On our farm, I use step-in posts with four strands of poly wire to do rotational grazing, and 6 strands of electrified wire and t-posts for permanent fields.
Dairy goats are more feed efficient than dairy cows and produce just the right amount of healthy milk for a family, from about a half gallon each to nearly 2 gallons of milk a day, depending on the animal. They are also safer and easier to handle than cows due to their smaller size, which makes them a good first animal for children.
Kid goats mature quickly with doelings easily kidding their first time at about one year of age. They often have twins and triplets, and we even have had one goat have quintuplets. This can quickly multiply your profits. And speaking of goat kids…that brings us the to next H on the clover which stands for heart, and seriously, who ever had the heart to turn down a baby goat!?
Yes, goats and their sweet kids certainly do beat all for cuteness! And although cuteness alone is not necessarily a good reason to raise an animal, it does matter. After all, you are the one that has to look at that animal 365 days a year. So you might as well raise a cute one! They come in all sorts of colors and patterns, some flashy with spots, and some with symmetrical lines. Some even have thick white bands around their black bodies like Oreo cookies! When you go to sell your goats, buyers will often even pay more for cuteness which is an extra bonus!
Raising goats gives 4-Her’s a unique way of using their hands, the third H on the clover. I will not mince words, raising goats is a LOT of hard work. Each day they must be fed and watered. They need their fences maintained and cut under and their sheds mucked out each year. If you raise dairy goats like me, they also need to be milked twice a day. Fiber goats must be shorn twice a year. You will also need to store away enough hay for winter, and take care of any goat that might get sick, protect the does and kids at birthing season, and trim their hooves and brush them regularly.
You may be wondering if all that hard work is really worth it, and I would say a resounding YES!Raising goats as a 4-H project gives you many opportunities, one of which is to show your animals. Although showing is not for everyone, it is a great way to learn about conformation, and get a good opinion on the quality of your animals. Of course, the best part about showing is when you get to walk out of the ring with a blue ribbon and sometimes even a money prize.
Another opportunity to use your hands is by training a working goat. I have a very special goat named Alfred, and after lots of hard work, he is now trained to drive and pack. I take Alfred out with his red wagon and we give rides to children around our neighborhood and that visit our farm. We have also entered him in two parades. The last parade that he was in, he won the Kid’s Choice Award. After the parade, we stayed for several hours and gave free rides to the children there. We have also taken a baby goat to a local nursing home to show to the residents. Just use your imagination and you can come up with some pretty amazing ways to use your hands serving your community though goats.
Raising fiber goats takes using your hands to a whole new level. With angora goats producing around 8 pounds of mohair a year, you have a lot of fiber to work with. I spin, knit, crochet, felt and weave which are all ways that use my hands and my goat’s fiber.
And finally, let’s remember the last H, health. Health happens to be one of the biggest reasons people raise goats. Many people that are lactose intolerant, or can’t drink cow’s milk, have no problem drinking goat’s milk. Sadly, for this reason many people think of goat’s milk just as some kind of medicine that is only good for the sick. Thankfully, that is not true at all! Goat’s milk is better for everyone. And it tastes wonderful too! Yes, you heard me right, goat’s milk tastes wonderful, and I am not speaking only for myself, my entire family loves goat’s milk. But, the health benefits of goat’s milk don’t stop in your glass. Goat’s milk is great for making cheese and yogurt. Also, many cosmetic products such as soap and lotion are made from goat’s milk and have a healthy effect on your skin.
Goat meat, is another healthy product that comes from raising goats. Although goat meat is widely consumed around the world, it is often overlooked in the United States, though through no fault of its own. Goat meat is a very lean meat that is comparable to lamb in flavor and consistency.
Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of why I love goats and have raised them for so many years. And maybe, just maybe, you will now consider raising this amazing animal for yourself. What could any 4-H’er want more than to raise an animal that is literally a walking 4-H clover…well not exactly, but still you can’t get much closer than a goat. After all, what other animal exemplifies all of the four H’s so perfectly.
Lenore Thorne won first in Club and Second in Regionals with this speech.
Weaving an Alpaca Scarf
After we spun the alpaca fiber, we warped the loom. The loom is a rigid heddle table loom made by Ashford.
Time to start weaving! This is the fun part.
This scarf, now finished, measures 50 in. by 14 in. We hand-spun all of the yarn that went into it. The colors are natural, coming from black and white Alpacas.
We lost Sage today. Two days ago, she was the picture of health. Yesterday morning, she had bloody scours and was off her feed and listless. We treated her aggressively for coccidiosis and enterotoxemia, and tubed electrolytes every few hours, but she went downhill very fast. She died in 24 hours.
She was one of our first and most beloved does. I always loved her personality. Loving, yet not pushy. She was one of the goats that hummed when she was happy and just made you smile every time you looked at her. She was a Nubian cross and had crazy half floppy ears that fit her perfectly. Sage was such a wonderful mother, not only to her many kids, but to other doe’s kids too. She would hang out with them and babysit while the other does were out grazing. She would even let the other kids nurse on her. But Sage’s mothering was not limited to goat kids, she extended her loving influence to the people kind as well. She was the one to teach the littlest children showmanship and they always got a kiss out of the deal too. Because Sage was such a big girl, she could give goat back rides to little children when they visited our farm. She and a little girl named Evangeline made an especially strong connection. Evangeline thought she was in heaven sitting on that goat’s back! Sage was a hero in the eyes of the little children. I loved Sage. She was the first goat that I showed in 4-H. I am so thankful to God for the time we had together. We had hoped to have many more years with Sage, but instead of dwelling on the time we did not have, I rejoice in the time we did. Sage’s life, though cut short, was by no means wasted. Goodbye dear friend Sage.
The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.