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The Luckiest Calf in Texas

It’s a boy! Meet Julio, the luckiest calf in Texas. Why? He was born on a farm sanctuary in the hottest month of the year. But lucky Julio, his breed can handle the Texas heat and SARA Sanctuary is a no-kill animal sanctuary.

Julio is a Beefmaster which is a hybrid breed built for hardiness and profitability. A family of four Beefmaster cattle arrived together at the sanctuary at the end of 2019 with the possibility that the cows were already pregnant. Julio’s mother Peaches was, obviously. SARA Sanctuary also cares for his Aunt Apricot, brother Handsome and grandmother Melinda.

How long does a bull live?

Longevity is not a tested trait in the cattle industry. It’s difficult to find the natural lifespan of a Beefmaster bull or any bull. Cattle are raised for a purpose, either dairy or meat.

Most dairy farms are not pleased with the birth of a male calf. Bulls cannot produce milk or calves, so bulls are considered to have a lower value in the cattle industry and nearly no value in the dairy industry. Dairy bulls are often killed immediately or sold for veal.

SARA's unconditional life

At SARA Sanctuary, Julio won’t be taken from his mother. He won’t be sent to the slaughterhouse. Julio gets to stay with his family grazing and roaming in the pastures with an unconditional life. 

Because Julio was born on an animal sanctuary, he is protected by SARA’s mission, our staff and his cow family. We think Julio might be the luckiest calf in the world even. We hope he lives a long, natural life and we feel lucky to have him.

Help us welcome Julio

Consider supporting SARA Sanctuary’s mission to help any animal that comes to us regardless of species, special health needs, or temperament. A monthly contribution will help care for Julio and his family for years to come. 

Baby Gifts for Julio & Peaches

If you would like to donate a specific gift or supplies needed for Julio & Peaches, we’ve made a list of items a baby calf and mom need. At the vet, you can make a contribution towards Julio’s future care. Or shop online at D&D local feed store. 

Livestock & Feed Supplies 

D&D Farm & Ranch online store keeps everyone safe while shopping from home.

Veterinary Costs 

County Line Animal Hospital will take credit card payments over the phone: 830-253-1041. 

  • SARA Sanctuary calf castration: $65 
  • Calf vaccinations for both black leg & virus shield: $30
  • Donate any amount towards SARA’s monthly vet bill. 

SARA Sanctuary is a no-kill farm meaning we do not raise cattle for veal, beef or dairy production. We depend on the generosity of our donors to help us care for all of our animals. Have questions about what else the cattle and animals need? Put a message in the comments, send us an email: or give us a call: 830-401-0280. 

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