My family very much enjoyed the accomodations, the hospitality of the innkeepers, the delicious food, and all the fun activities. We especially enjoyed bottle feeding the newborn calves! However, I was and still am very disturbed by several things. First, the newborn calves are taken away from their mothers right way. The calves we fed were only a few hours old! And secondly, the cows of this operation are not happy, grass-eating, pasteured cows. Rather, they are kept in cramped quarters inside barns, where they spend their entire lives. As visitors we are privey to see only one barn, but there are many more barns and cattle out of sight. It is everything I despise about the cattle industry, only now it's packaged up in a homey B&B. But don't be fooled--this is a CAFO (a Confined Animal Feeding Operation) and if you are concerned about the ethical treatment of the animals, this is NOT the kind of farm you ought to be visiting. My youngest son cried when we left because he loved it there so much; I cried because I felt so sorry for the dairy cow mamas and their babies. I didn't realize what a huge corporation this farm really was.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bring your family to experience the dairy farm. Milk the cows, feed the calves, gather eggs, pony ride, tractor rides and more. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rocky Acre Farm Hotel Mount Joy