Allison Blood

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — No need to wait until the cows come home for an explanation, we have an update on where the five bovines were taken when they left Suson Park.

Though the county parks department has been at the center of a budget crisis, this culling of the herd was unrelated. “It happens every year,” says St. Louis County Parks Director Lindsey Swanick. The old cows and steers at the farm in Suson Park are sold at auction. So bye-bye Emma, Josie, Bambi and Betty.  “The large steer was almost 22 years old,” Swanick explains. “It was our vet’s recommendation that he also be removed,” especially after the steer — named Chase —  showed signs of age related disease and a growing irritability around the other animals.

So he and four other old cows were sold in Potosi at auction, but Swanick says she doesn’t know who bought them, or if they’ve been put out to pasture. But, park goers shouldn’t be too sad, the park is expecting the birth of three new calves this spring.

(Copyright KMOX Radio)



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