Names tell us apart, something about our past and where we come from. The power of a name has long been immortalized in literature as well as religion. While the names on our farm might not have such deep context, they do allow us to know when an animal was born, track ancestry and help us keep tabs on the health and well being of individual animals. And, of course it allows us to have some fun!
Some people say you shouldn’t name animals that you are raising for meat, it makes it too hard. But on our farm, name or no name, we know our animals, the pigs, the kids, even the poultry, at least as a group. We have small herds and we care.
Saying goodbye to an animal because they are off to the butcher can be sad. We each have different connections to different animals and we do mourn their loss. Many animals are missed and always appreciated for the gifts they bring all of us — joy and laughter, and in the end delicious, healthy food all while living a good life. It is hard to ask for more than that.
As our long-term farm members and fans know, we use a yearly naming scheme for all animals that are born or come to our farm each year. And it is time for a new naming scheme as the goats are VERY pregnant and the first kids are due to arrive in the next week!
- ideally not too cryptic, we like lots of folks to be able to suggest names
- Broad enough to handle 20+ goats, dozens of piglets, poultry flocks and such
- Not counter to the mission of the farm (candybars & diseases have been past suggestions. While they may offer some fun names, we thought might not really be good in the marketing front!)
Theme ideas that have come forth…(but keep coming with more!)
- World Leaders
- Herbs & Spices
2013: Characters from Children’s Books
2010: A Space Odyssey
2008: Revolutionary War…(inspired by Green Mt Boys/Girls, etc)