Reinhardt Family History

Memories of Eggs and Chickens

Stories from Neil Reinhardt

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Memories
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Cattle Drive in Fond du Lac

I used to deliver milk to Galloway West. But I also helped deliver something else next to Galloway West one year.

There was a TB outbreak in the Fond du Lac area farm cows. The herds were all tested and any cows that were positive had to be gotten rid of. We started with the neighbors cows from the south end of Martin Road. As we moved North, more farmers drove their infected cattle out on the road and the herd grew. I can't exactly remember, but by the time we got to the stockyards next to Galloway West and the railroad tracks, there were 300 to 500 in the herd. The cattle were immediately loaded on railroad cars and sent south to meat packing plants. The meat was still edible if the cows made it there alive. The TB outbreak was stopped in our area and a little money was made from slaughtering our infected dairy herds.

Imagine trying to drive cattle down a road in this day and age.

Farmers also had to test their cows for "undulant fever". This is also known as 'Bangs' or 'Brucellosis'. People would get undulant fever from drinking raw milk. At this time, partuerization was not widespread and anti-biotics had not been developed yet, so people would get the disease.

To test for bangs, a shot was given to the cow between its tail and asshole. It takes about five days to get a reaction. Imagine all the farmers whose cows were being tested, going out to milk their herd every morning and night, and wondering if their cows had the disease. If the cows tested positive, the point of the injection would become very hard. So here are all these farmers going out and squeezing the cows assholes before they milked them.