Tuesday, May 7, 2013

A wonderful donation: Valhalla's first Dexter steer

Our latest arrival at Valhalla - a young Dexter steer - has adjusted well to his new home. A nice-looking black steer with newly emerging horns, the new guy has been living with an equally young red Limousine steer at our neighbor Doug and Dorothy's corral. As the photo below shows, he's very alert and friendly. Came right over to munch on a clump of hand-picked grass.

Doug will put them in with a few more and once satisfied that all are adjusted they will be integrated into the small main herd. Doug regularly grazes the cattle on Valhalla's pastures for a win-win option. With the very welcome spring rains this year we are optimistic that for the near term, at least, there will be plenty of grass for all.

We want to express great appreciation to Marian and Eric VanBeever of
Five Ponds Farm in Thomasville, MO for their generosity in donating the young Dexter to Valhalla Project's Soldiers. They have been long-term supporters of Valhalla and the work we're doing with post-9/11 combat Soldiers. See their excellent web site at www.fivepondsfarm.com.

We also want to thank Jesse and Sally of Virinda Farm (neighbors of Five Ponds) for transporting the new Dexter steer down to us. It was a long trip and we are very grateful for the time, effort, and consideration they donated.

Having our first resident steer is another small step toward ultimate self-sufficiency and self-reliance - two core American virtues we emphasize here - and we are lucky to have supporters like Marian and Eric and Jesse and Sally.

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The Valhalla Project needs your help and support
Just getting a project like Valhalla up and running has required a significant investment in time, money, and labor. With roughly $500,000 already invested over the last two years into the Valhalla Project for property acquisition, feeding and housing Soldier participants, infrastructure and facility improvements, animal purchases and feed, tools and building supplies, forest and pasture management expenses, and much much more, resources are running thin. We need YOUR help to keep Valhalla functioning efficiently - while at the same time expanding vitally important programs to assist post-9/11 combat Soldiers and war zone civilian workers to transition back into the civilian world. 

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$50 or even more might be a little easier and more practical!

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