Compassionate Farmer Gives Up Dairy Farm


On Mother’s Day I posted A Moo-ving Mother’s Day Story about a cow that hid its calf to prevent it from being taken away from her. When the farmer discovered the calf, however; he still took it away.

A sad ending, but what else would you expect on a dairy farm? The farmer has to take calves away from their mothers so that the milk produced by the cow can be collected for human consumption. It’s business.

I recently read another story about a cow hiding its calf, but this story ends differently. In Where Are You Going Deidra? a children’s story by Violet’s Veg*n e-comics, when a farmer discovers a cow hiding a calf from him, he is so moved that he gives up farming and turns his land into an animal sanctuary.


I emailed Violet to tell her that I enjoyed her story, but was sad that it wasn’t real life. Violet replied and told me that her book was based on a true story. She knew of a farmer who gave up dairy-farming after discovering a cow was hiding its calf from him. Seeing this made something click inside of him, and he couldn’t continue farming.

Happy endings are the best!

Photo courtesy of Grow Your Own, Nevada!

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Hey there. I’m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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17 Responses to Compassionate Farmer Gives Up Dairy Farm

  1. run4joy59 says:

    Now that’s a story with a happy ending!

  2. Poppy says:

    That’s so lovely!

  3. Maryanne says:

    I love Violet’s work too. She really expresses the beauty of animals in her drawings, especially in the eyes — she makes them look like they want to talk to you, just as animals look! 🙂

  4. He’s a one in a million farmer. I’d love to see all of the dairy and cattle farms turned into animal sanctuaries! Happy families – can you imagine?

  5. How wonderful that a man learned to respect the mother/child bond between bovine mothers and their calves! Completely unexpected and very, very touching. A lovely story with great illustrations!

  6. moonierh says:

    Wow, how great wouldn’t the world be if this was how all people were moved by seeing the love between animals!

  7. Suffice it to say, I LOVE this story! 🙂

  8. Jessie says:

    Hey! So, I’ve been a vegetarian since be week or so before the end of May (I know because that’s when I got a visit from an old friend who, when we met, had assumed I was vegetarian, I had told otherwise, and had to tell them I was vegetarian at the end of May! I’ve had a few friends respond “Well of course you’re vegetarian. I’m surprised it took you this long to figure that out.” Heh.)
    I’m not a vegan, because I buy only certified humane products from farmers who take care of and care about the animals that we have altered over the generations in exchange for milk and honey — for now, I think of it like a job, or like giving blood. If it’s good working conditions, OK.

    Anyway, whenever anyone asks me why, I tell the stories of the chickens and pigs I’ve personally met who have transcended the line between food and pets, and helped me realize there is no difference. And the most moving story I tell is the one you’ve told here and in your mother’s day post about the cows.

    What I mean is, thanks. 🙂 A month-ish — not a lot, but no regrets, no cravings for meat, and no end in sight. It’s way easier than I expected; randomly one day I decided that organic humane meat just wasn’t good enough, and haven’t looked back. So thanks.

    • Jessie says:

      Argh, I need to amend my comment: I was thinking about that story since Mother’s Day, and made the “plunge” — though it feels like slipping into a warm bath! — at the end of May, and then read your followup and have been referencing both stories ever since.

    • I’m so excited that you’ve gone vegetarian Jessie – that’s wonderful!! And I respect your choice of buying milk and honey from humane farmers. That’s great! And I’m so touched to hear that you’re sharing the stories I’ve posted on my blog. You don’t know how much that means to me!! Sometimes I wonder why I spend so much time blogging, and then I read a comment like yours (which don’t come often) and I feel good about what I’m doing. And if you want to share, I’d love to hear the other stories you tell about the chickens and pigs you’ve met who have also moved you (no pressure, of course!). It’s also great to hear that you’re not having any cravings. Thank you Jessie – you’ve made my day!! Celeste 🙂

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