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Martha, Raisin & Frankie

Frankie, Raisin and Martha are Toggenburg goats, which is one of the first dairy breeds from Switzerland. This family came to us from northern Minnesota when their owner fell sick and was unable to care for them. They would have all been killed for their meat had a man from Sioux Falls not intervened. When they arrived they were full of thorns, missing patches of hair, had hooves that were overgrown and potato chips were there food of choice. Now…

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Wilma & Betty

Wilma (red) and Betty (black and white) are the two queens of the barn (or so they think). These two girls were used in a chicken rental business. The business is provided for people who think they want to start raising their own backyard chickens, but don’t know how to do it. After about 2 years, the natural egg production of a chicken declines so these girls were kicked out of the program and were headed for a butcher. These…

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Pete is a Hereford beef steer. Pete’s dearly departed friend Scruffy was abandoned by his mother at birth and had an injury on his leg that gave him a 50/50 chance of ending up lame. Because in the farming industry slaughter is opted for over veterinary care, Scruffy was headed for slaughter when a very kind couple, Bob and Vicki, offered to buy him. They bottle fed and cared for him and he blossomed. Three months later, Bob and Vicki…

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Walter, Harrison & Norman Tucker

Walter (all black), Harrison (black face and white body) and Norman Tucker (full white stripe down his face) are our three male dairy steer. These calves were deemed useless by the dairy industry and were greatly mistreated by humans as they were prepared for slaughter before their rescue. Because of this mistreatment, they were initially very fearful of humans and tended to stick together in a threesome. However, due to the kindness and care from all the volunteers, these boys…

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Larry & Archie

Larry, a LaMancha goat, has smaller ears and Archie, an Alpine goat, has bigger ears. When males are born in the dairy industry they are fattened until they can be sold for meat. Larry and Archie were rescued together on 7/1/17 from the same backyard butcher as Libby! Both of these handsome young men were 3 months old at the time of their rescue and arrived to Spring Farm Sanctuary in extremely bad shape. They were very skinny, full of…

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Manny & Michelle

Manny and Michelle, both Chevlot cross breed sheep, came to Spring Farm Sanctuary on June 2, 2017 from a farm in Montevideo, MN where Manny was scheduled to be slaughtered on that very day. Manny was born 3/12/16 and Michelle was born 2/22/17. They are brother and sister and as close as can be! Manny is just like a big dog with his love for affection.  He enjoys being brushed have his cheeks rubbed! Michelle (named after the first donor…

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Annabelle is a Mangalitsa pig, which is a breed that is raised for a “higher quality” of meat served in many fine dining restaurants. Annabelle was given to us as someone’s unwanted runt and she is very small for her age. She probably got pushed away from the food bowl. Now she has plenty all to herself… unless her best friend Libby beats her to it! Her most distinguishing characteristics are her charming personality and her brillo pad hair which is irresistible…

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Liberty (Libby) our Chester White pig, was rescued from a backyard butcher and came to live at Spring Farm Sanctuary on the 4th of July. We found Libby living in horrible conditions – no food or water, prod marks all over her body, and with a high fever and bacterial infection. Since her rescue, Libby has never been happier! On hot days she enjoys a sprinkling with the hose and loves the chance to play in her own kiddie pool! She loves…


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