We applied for and were accepted on the "herd retirement" program through CWT (Cooperatives Working Together.) I haven't written much about the changes in the family business we've experienced the last few months. The situation seems so fluid. I've been waiting until I had some real, (hopefully) positive news to report, but so far... nothing. Today was a sad day. They came out and tagged all of the cattle for the program. All milk producing animals were tagged and must be sold for beef within 14 days. A hard dose of reality. Forty five (plus) years of breeding, blood, sweat and tears have gone into this business and these cows and now they are all headed for slaughter. Not the ideal solution we were looking for but a necessary business decision.