- Moozie.com - Moozie the Cow
- Placing many farm animals at risk
- Illness of farm animals – in some incidents, situations have been so severe that the Farm’s Veterinary has had to rush to the farm to care for the animals.
- Unexpected expenses - in a few situations animals have had to be taken via emergency transport to local veterinary offices and care facilities. Emergency transport of ill farm animals can be, and is, very expensive for larger animals.
- Loss of our beloved friends - sadly, a few of our farm animals have been lost through the years because of foods and items tossed over the fence and into their pens.
Loma Vista Farm is reaching out to the community with a request for support. Over the past months and years the public has been tremendous in supporting animals with gifts of food items. It is not uncommon for anonymous donations of food to appear in the farm animals pens during the day or during the night. Unfortunately, this activity can be very dangerous for farm animals.
Farm animals are much like people. Similar to people, we watch what we eat and in what quantities, this applies to farm animals as well. Remember the old phrase "don't feed chocolate to dogs" because their body cannot digest chocolate. All farm animals have limits on what they can and cannot eat safely. Recently we've lost a couple of farm animals because of colic and acidosis, which are more commonly caused by over-eating the wrong foods.
Tossing food into animal pens or feeding animals the wrong foods leads to many avoidable situations. If items or food tossed into animal pens were to stop completely, the below could be avoided:
- Sickness and illness for the animals
- Farm animals suffering in pain because of eating foods they should not eat
- Excessive $ expenses to Loma Vista Farm cause by Veterinarian care
- Emotional sadness for the Farm staff and students when animals are suffering or lost
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN FOOD IS TOSSED INTO PENS
Similar to people, when farm animals eat the wrong foods they can get food poisoning and ill. Same as people, when farm animals over eat they don’t feel good either. Farm animals are not people. Farm animals all have different digestive systems which operate in different ways. For example, a cow has 4 different stomachs, in comparison people have only one single stomach. Concerns include:
- Many times farm animals don’t know when to stop eating
- Farm animals will eat or attempt to eat almost anything
- Farm animals don’t know not to eat some things
Loma Vista Farm is fortunate and grateful for neighborhood and community support. Loma Vista Farm wouldn’t and couldn’t exist anywhere else but in Vallejo, California, next to Loma Vista Elementary School and MIT. For over 35 years the citizens and students of Vallejo and the neighborhoods immediately surrounding Loma Vista Farm have been generous with their outreach feeding the farm animals. This activity has, at the same time, helped keep Vallejo “green”. We all feel good when we can avoid waste and recycle everything from left over food to cut grass from the lawn. For years, “food” and items have been tossed over the Farm’s fences into the animal pens. This activity has helped avoid wasting left over foods, breads, garden vegetables, lawn clippings, etc. Unfortunately, tossing foods and items over the fence into farm animal pens can be very harmful to the health of the animals.