Good morning, brave hearts
A day to call your own. A day of well spent pleasure, of pursuits of intelligence and excellence. A day in the life of the great planet that gives you joy and prosperity. Hail to you, almighty human for the joy and achievements of this day.
For you, the family farm might be a lifetime away. A thought in your mind as you feast upon the daily harvest and shop amongst the worlds finest negotiations. Food on your plate, no starvation, good health, good nutrition and commonplace abundance. Lucky you, great human, for the commonplace prosperity of this land.
The family farm is the lifeline of our nation. It brings security and prosperity to us in the form of high quality farm goodness that sustains us with healthful produce. The fresh quality food, high in vitamin and mineral content protects our bodies and gives us strength. The family farm, a vital key in our survival, is our lifeline to survival.
Aptitudes of animal husbandry, crop production and the joy of the land.
For those people who enter into the farming business enter with gladness. The business and its necessity are obvious. The work is constant, the reward is fulfilling. The healthy farm and its wholesome product is a passion of business, sharing, nurture and care.
The occasional mishap becomes a public outcry of save us! Save us from disease, from blight, from nutritional deficiency, from crop failure, from lost variety and starvation. The interruption of the food chain is a genuine loss of contentment. The loss of carefully cultivated genetics is a loss of cultural heritage.
An unusual case. The plight of a shepherdess and the loss of generations of careful Canadian selection, breeding, heritage sheep and cultural heritage. The loss of livelihood and passion. All for an animal, an infected animal, a diseased creature that did not reside on this farm. An animal who resided 1500 miles away. An animal that developed a disease which it would only spread to each other, not to other livestock or humans. An animal that was destroyed 1500 miles away after being diagnosed with a disease called scrapie, which infects sheep and goats.
None of the animals in her possession had the disease.
An unusual case. No disease amongst the animals in her flock. A flock of rare animals, of heritage Shropshire sheep of careful selection and breeding. A disturbing case of years of investigation and persistent intrusion. A case of sorrow and hardship. A case of loss and devastation.
Hear us, almighty human, as the court case for this family farm nears. The Canadian farm is a legacy to Canadian nation building and survival. Heritage breeds remind us of the glorious past of nation building and the strength of the people in pioneering, homesteading, farming and settling the land.
Hear us, almighty human, as we reason this case.
written by Dr. Louise Hayes
November 29, 2013