ORLAND, Maine — An Orland family is asking for the public’s help in locating an affectionate young steer that either wandered off or was taken from the farm Monday morning.
Lisa McDonald said Sweet Pea — a 1-year-old white-faced Hereford — is considered a part of the family and was a prize winner last summer for the Hoof & Paws 4-H Club led by her sister, Tina Chadbourne. He is described as weighing about 300 pounds and has a largely brown body with a mostly white head and a No. 8 tag in his ear.
“He is such an affectionate little guy,” McDonald said, adding that he nuzzles her and normally talks to her all day as she works on Chadbourne Farm.
Sweet Pea sleeps in his own trailer on the family’s cattle and horse farm. But McDonald said the trailer’s gate was open this morning and the young steer was gone. And while Sweet Pea has gotten out before, he has never left the yard where the food is located. With the help of a Hancock County Sheriff’s deputy, the family searched the area and found manure on a nearby road.
McDonald said she fears the cow may have been taken from their farm, located on Route 15 or Front Ridge Road in the Orland area.
“I’m just hoping that if he is out there running around that somebody will call,” McDonald said. If he was taken, McDonald said the family does not plan to press charges as long as he is returned unharmed.
Anyone who may have seen Sweet Pea is asked to call (207) 699-8552.