Saying Goodbye to Pablo
Today we harvested Pablo. There was a lot of thought put into the decision, so we knew it was the right decision. We always knew it would happen. The way a meat business pays its bills is by producing producing protein. We harvested Pablo on 1/7/21, and were able to also keep the hide and skull, which took 4 guys to carry. We brought the hide into a taxidermist to flesh and prepare to be made into a shoulder mount. It is estimated a shoulder mount will take 12-18 months to finish. When the shoulder mount is finished, our plan is to sell it to whoever is interested. It should be a spectacle, as his darker color is not common around the Midwestern region. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact us.
The skull will we removed from the hide. Don't ask me how, I can only imagine some very small surgical knives are used. I'm sure it is a very delicate process. We asked the skull be European Mounted, so we can hang it in the house on the wall descending the steps to the basement. It is a perfect spot for it. Many people will be able to see it and appreciate Pablo. I wanted to include my goodbye reflection from Pablo's harvest, which includes a goodbye in Dakota language, courtesy of a farm customer friend. It seemed like a very fitting touch.
Pablo, you have taught us so much... I learned bison bulls are the new honey badger. They don’t care. I learned to respect your size and your attitude, sometimes that respect went both ways, sometimes it did not. I learned power and agility can be found in one being. I learned not to mess with you and your females, sometimes you seemed to understand I was your wing man not a competitor.
You taught me what tough is. What cold is. What courage is. How to be bull headed. You epitomized a male.
You had your photogenic days, shoot you’re even the model for our farm logo! Some days you could do no wrong... and some days you were a real stinker. Some of those days you were really good at tearing things apart and throwing a fit when you weren’t happy. Some days you were a big teddy bear, and you let people get close to you (on the other side of the fence) and take a picture.
You’ve been with us from the start, and we have done our best to provide you with a healthy, happy life. We thank you for what you have taught and given us. You will always have a special place in our hearts and have been the face of our growing bison business for the past 7 years. It is time to turn a new page, introduce some new genetics and reduce our maintenance bills.
Thanks for enjoying Johnny Cash songs with me big guy.
I will see you again
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