Honey has the classic “Jersey girl” markings and is a key member of her herd, spending time with all of the other cattle. Like her three companions, she came to our sanctuary on November 2, 2018 from Farm Sanctuary‘s Northern California shelter. She loves food and has one of the fastest tongues in the west.
Along with Betsy, she started her life as one of the more than nine million cows that produce milk for human consumption in the U.S. Honey and Betsy’s fate was quite different than most, however. They were purchased from the dairy farm on which they lived by TV producers working on a reality series called “Utopia” to be used for their milk on the show. Cows, like all mammals, begin producing milk only when they become pregnant so that they can feed their young. So, both Betsy and Honey were pregnant when they appeared on the television show. Honey gave birth on set to a cow the cast called “Ca$h Cow” but was later renamed Meredith at Farm Sanctuary. When the show ended, the veterinarian and the show’s producer didn’t want to send Honey and her new family back into the dairy industry. Farm Sanctuary stepped in and offered to take all of them.
Honey had a bad case of mastitis that the Farm Sanctuary staff treated for her first two months at the shelter. Because of the infection, she was unable to nurse her daughter. Luckily, Betsy, who was pregnant, gladly took on the role of nursing Meredith.
We are so glad to have had the opportunity to adopt Honey and her special family when Farm Sanctuary’s Northern California shelter was closed. Most of the cattle at the shelter in Orland were moved to their Watkins Glen, NY shelter, but we were lucky enough to be able to adopt Honey and the other three cattle in her herd. All of the cattle will be loved by staff and volunteers here, and they will help firewise the property by grazing down the grass.