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"At four months old, the “veal” calves are corralled into trucks and hauled to slaughter. As they are dragged onto the killing floor, they are still looking for their mothers, still desperately needing her nurturing presence, especially at that dark time when they are frightened and needing protection more than ever in the midst of the terrible sights, and sounds, and scents of death all around them, and, in their despair, in their want for a shred of consolation and protection."
I don't think you quite understand how great of a picture this is, because the rule of thirds is almost perfect, there is a lot of detail, and the background doesn't distract from the picture. The lighting is great and what shadows are there would not take off from the photo. This had to be a winning shot. State fair ribbon for sure.