she broke her spine...2 days before she gave birth to calf, the cause...she was...not old but elder plus the calf we pulled out was...enormous-so was the weight pressure on her spine. she wanted to lay down, but..i don't know i think it just snaped..just like that, or maybe she slipped just a tiny bit-tiny bit too much.
but now that we don't have a cow anymore, things are actually a lot easyer. we breed (grow?) cattle, we buy young calfs-less than a week, and raise them, with cow...you never know how she/he will react, so it was a pain to feed the calf, plus with cow-calf feeding you actually can't tell if he has had enough/too much. and i think you know how bad it is if he gets too much milk. so...of 30 minutes spent in stall, 20 were intendet for calf. it's a lot easyer now.
yeah..goats beee beeeee beeee, just wouldn't shut up. and they eat very little compared to what mess they make out of their hay!
slaying on your yard, well it's easyer and safer to transport a dead goat than it is a live one.