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Mags was born at a small organic dairy farm in eastern Wisconsin.  She was born with a spinal deformity. As a result, the farmers made the compassionate decision not to breed her for dairy production. Despite not being able to produce, the farmers kept her at the farm as a “pasture pal” – happily living out her life with the rest of her herd.

Unfortunately, autumn flooding in WI hit Magnolia’s farm hard. A change in farm finances made it impossible for them to continue to support Mags given that she was never going to be a “working” cow. That left Mags facing slaughter. Having been close to her since birth due to her special needs, the farmers were desperate for another solution. So they reached out to Farmaste for help. With us looking for a companion for Timothy – the timing was perfect!

Before moving home to Farmaste, Steel Magnolia got a full work-up at the University of Minnesota. Her spinal condition doesn’t appear to cause her any pain, but it does cause some problems with digestion so we keep a close eye on her diet to prevent any problems. She lives in our special needs barn with her BFF Timothy. They are best friends and she is a wonderful and patient guide to him. Mags is a happy and playful girl who loves getting scratches from her human caregivers.

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