Recently I had the pleasure of jumping into what felt like a delightful book. The book was George Orwell’s Animal Farm. It was a magic to visit a farm like no other. A farm without confined enclosures or cages, without genetic or forced breeding and without hormones, so farm animals can grow normally and live naturally.
The residents of this beautiful farm in Dayboro are free to roam and do their own thing and none of them ever have to leave home.
Each animal has a name, is treated as Buddhists would call a ‘sentient being’ given food, water, shelter, love and respect.
While a couple of animals clearly ruled the roost, the farm isn’t self-run like the book, it’s run by Farm Animal Rescue – a non-profit organisation with a primary goal to change the way people see farm animals.
Every resident has a story more interesting than an X-Factor contestant and I got to meet many of them individually. There was Isabella, a newborn lamb rescued from the side of a highway. Isabella was dumped there after being born on a livestock truck.
I met the lovely Mary, a twenty year old cow – which in cow years is about ninety! Many dairy cows never live past six as they are replaced by younger mothers and discarded. Mary is a beautiful old girl, clearly annoyed by the flies and loves her role as grandmother of the herd. Each member of the herd takes part in raising the family and they even have a babysitting roster between them. And who said cows weren’t smart?
Fred, Barney, Wilma and Betty are chickens rescued at just six days old. Despite some initial respiratory problems, all four are doing well and demonstrating outgoing curious personalities.
Within this little farm animal society there are many other friendly cows, bulls, sheep, goats, clever pigs and chickens with their own unique personalities and interesting background story.
It was a real treat to get up close and personal with these animals and learn more about the places and situations they had escaped and more about what really goes on behind the doors of the animal product industry. It was wonderful to see how they live naturally and thankfully there was no Stalin character among them.
This place of safety and sanctuary for rescued farmed animals is well worth a visit and it’s just ninety minutes from the Gold Coast. Visit farmanimalrescue.org.au for information.