Hannah is a dairy cow who were born as mixed race. The farm where she was born specialized in producing 100% Jersey dairy products, so Hannah were neither able to join the production line of dairy cows.
In order for cows to be able to produce a high yield of milk, they have to give birth to calves at regular intervals and they are only impregnated with the expensive 100% Jersey sperm when it is economically advantageous to the farmer.
Mixed-breed calves are seen as a necessary waste product and are dealt with accordingly. They spend a brief number of months alone in tiny “huts” of the size of dog houses, mooing for their moms to come rescue them. When they have reached the most profitable weight, compared to the cost of feeding and housing them, the calves are sent to the slaughterhouse. Hannah was living in her own little solitary confinement hut, destined for the slaughterhouse. Hannah was just a few weeks old when she arrived at Fields of Freedom. She was also very scared in the beginning and the first month was a steep learning curve for her to get used to being in a new home without a mother.
Hannah is a few weeks older than Mila and she took Mila under her wings and gave her comfort at nighttime and when Mila was feeling low. When Dawn arrived, both Mila and Hannah sought love and support from Big Dawn.
As she has grown older, Hannah has become more confident in herself. She can often be found close to Dawn and she likes to be first in the hay bucket. Hannah likes being around the sheep and she also really loves to play chase around the fields with the two sheep, Karma, and Sutra. Sometimes all three cows – Dawn, Mila, and Hannah – will run up to the top of the hill here at the sanctuary and race each other back down, then do it all over again. Hannah enjoys human interaction as well, but she is still a little nervous around new humans she meets, so she will not let just anybody cuddle her before she has gotten to know them a little better.
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