Kobe lived on Browsey Acres, drinking beer, roaming free, and being loved. The goats played with him. He nudged Ronda and Travis to pet him like a dog. Kobe wasn’t just meat—he was family. But it was early summer of 2019 when Ronda and Travis began to contend with the fact that the time was near for them to harvest Kobe. However, it was also because of that intimacy that they knew they were doing the right thing.
As Ronda said at the time, “That’s why we love and respect him so much. He’s literally dying to feed our kids. How can we not love this guy? That’s why I’d rather cry and feel bad instead of turning a blind eye and letting him suffer somewhere in a factory farm.”
It was an emotional sacrifice and a heavy moral decision but one that Ronda and Travis believed would be a small step toward living as sustainably and ethically as possible.
Kobe lived a life of joy until his last moments, which were spent with Ronda and Travis. And for Ronda and Travis, that life was one worth all the tears they shed. This experience is ultimately what inspired them to share this gift that Browsey Acres has given them with the world.