Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Homage to Ganda
























Ganda, in his prime, living the life of a protected ox on the ISCOWP Farm, 2007.
























Ganda in his last days n a bed of hay.


3/15/14
Our oldest ox named Ganda is down after 19 years of wonderful association and friendship here at ISCOWP Farm. For several years his back legs have been riddled with arthritis which has made it hard for him to rise from a sitting position. Last summer on pasture he did really well and made it through this last winter with not much difficulty. Two weeks ago he went down and could not get up. We were able to get him up with a "come-along" and a tool called "Hip Huggers". He did alright until 3 days ago when he could not get up again. This time he was very weak and we were not able to get him up. He has been taking food and water up until this afternoon when he was too weak to even sit up. He has had Govardan dust sprinkled on his head. He is wearing a Pravitra garland from Lord Narashimhadeva in Mayapur. Today he had Radha Kund water. He has been listening to Srila Prabhupada chanting japa and bhajans 24/7.

My feeling is that he will depart tomorrow which is Gaura Purnima here in West Virginia,USA - a very auspicious time for departure from this material world. I was lying down with him for over an hour this afternoon and I would be very surprised if he would make it through tomorrow due to his weaken condition.

3/16/14
We looked to the barn and saw Madhava looking over the fence towards our house. He had been standing guard over Ganda for days. He would also occasionally lick him. We had a sense that Ganda may no longer be alive. Balabhadra went to the barn and found Ganda had passed away on the auspicious day of Gaura Purnima.

Like all great sadhus, he left a lasting impression of enlightened goodness to those who met him and especially those who knew him well. It may be difficult to understand how a soul in a bovine body could have such an affect but he did and because of who he was we are now empty hearted. Please pray for Ganda's spiritual journey while viewing the following photos and videos.


































Ganda at 6 months old in 1996.























In 1996 ISCOWP was training ox teams and teamsters. 
Ganda (on left) was part of a team with Padma.



 Madhava watched over Ganda in his final days by standing over him. Sometimes he would lick Ganda. In this picture Ganda has passed but Madhava is not leaving.

You can view Videos of Ganda's life since 2012 to learn more about him. Thank you so much for your prayers.


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Caring for Cow In Winter





These two videos are a the first in a new playlist on ISCOWP 108 YouTube channel entitled The "How to" of Cow Protection. We get asked a lot of questions about how to do practical activities around the farm so we decided to film these activities when we can as we do them i the hope that it may help others.. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Cows in Freezing Temperatures


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Although it is below zero, Priya, the ox, gives a kiss.


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Madhava shows it is cold outside.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

ISCOWP January 2014 E-newsletter

Balabhadra receiving a lick from Vegan Indira, the source of
so much milk and milk products
Curd made from Vegan Indira's milk after adding lemon juice.

















Soup made from whey left over from making curd. Other ingredients
are sweet peppers, broccoli and greens frozen and canned from
 last year's garden and beets, carrots and Brussel sprouts from
our January garden (before the temperatures reached below 0.



Read more at ISCOWP January 2014 E-newsletter  

Some Articles:
Milking a Cow Realizations
Winter Arthik and Treats Offered to the Cows (video)
How to Make Curd and Whey From Milk
ISCOWP in The Huffington Post





Sunday, January 19, 2014

ISCOWP News "The Year in Review"



The ISCOWP News "The Year in Review" is now available online in PDF

Some Articles Included:
Diet Change
Your Matched Gift Saves Cows (Campaign completed successfully)
Cows and Their Friends
Fencing
Baby Calves Saved
Rudra was Hurt
Before and After, Clearing Pastures
Old Cow Shelter
Outreach
Jeannie Rescued

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Rescued Dairy Cow Comes Home



Jeannie (now named Vegan Indira) came home Saturday (December 7, 2013). She was living at a dairy and she could no longer produce enough milk for her owner to make a profit and therefore keep her. She was headed for slaughter when Judy, who works at the dairy, asked us to take her. Now she will never be sold for meat. Help us save more cows at this Link

Thank you! and in the meantime browse our web site for more info at the: ISCOWP Website

Saturday, October 19, 2013

ISCOWP Saves 3 Calves From Slaughter

Hare Krishna!

We went to the auction barn Monday (10/14/13) and were greatly overwhelmed with sadness and grief at the dark, cramped, impersonal conditions we found the cows. There was so much noise from the cows mooing in distress and banging up against the stalls they were put into. At times it was deafening.

We spotted one calf that looked very young and was just lying there. We were afraid the calf would be trampled upon as there was so much pushing and shoving among the cows. At that point we thought we must save more than one. We then spotted a black heifer that looked fairly peaceful among all the chaos. We wrote down their numbers and went into the auction.

One after the other, the calves came out and they were all so young with their umbilical cords still hanging from their bellies. It was so heartbreaking as they were being slapped around to keep them moving so that the buyers could get a good look at them. The bidding went very quickly starting with the animal's weight. How many such calves are born every day into the meat/dairy industry? How many calves, beautiful and lovely, are valued only for their meat?

We were able to outbid another buyer for the little Holstein calf that we had spotted and the black heifer. After we bought the Holstein calf a beautiful fawn colored calf came out and our 4 year old grandson jumped out of his seat and said," I want that one." We hesitated and then bid for him and got him.

We had not planned on calves or more than one. When we got home we had to secure an area for them while they stayed in the trailer. They all looked weak and exhausted so we began to bottle feed them. The little Holstein bull calf did not know how to suck from the bottle. We then understood that he was taken straight from his mother at birth and never sucked her milk. He was that young!

The fawn colored bull calf sucked the bottle right away and emptied it quickly. The Angus heifer would not take it. She was eating the hay and grain in the trailer. She seems to be about four months old and more frightened than the two bull calves. She is older than the other two and seems to have experienced a lot of abuse which makes her a bit skittish. But she allowed us to pet her so we feel that her fear can be overcome.

Your servant,
Chayadevi
ISCOWP Co-Managing Director






We just bought this four month old Angus heifer at the auction barn. She is in the trailer we hauled her in and is about to enter the ISCOWP barn. She is a bit skittish and afraid. The conditions at the auction barn were terrifying for all the cows there. They were mooing in distress and fear and sometimes the sound was deafening. Electric cattle prods were used in the stalls to move the cows and control them. We think she experienced abuse in the auction barn and elsewhere. She is now named Anasuya by the ISCOWP donor who helped save her.



We saw this little baby Holstein lying in one of the stalls with a group of sheep. We were afraid he would be trampled. We knew he was very young but when he came up for auction we could still see his umbilical cord hanging from his belly. We were able to purchase him and two others. They came into our trailer while so many cows were mooing in distress and fear. At first he could not suck from the milk bottle, but a day later he able sucked all the milk from his bottle expertly.



Four year old Balaji jumped out of his seat at the auction and said, "I want that cow." We had to make a quick decision as the auction was moving fast and we decided to bid for him. We got him and he was saved from the electric prods and paddles. There were so many very young calves for sale with their umbilical cords still attached to their bellies. The calf is now named Chandan by an ISCOWP member.


Thursday, September 05, 2013

Good News Update


ISCOWP September 2013 E-newsletter


CONTENTS: Old Cows Sheltered, Cow Protection in Alachua, Garden Bounty, Clearing Pastures for the Cows

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Old Cows Sheltered


John using his backhoe bucket as a work platform to install supports for the rafters.

The best price on lumber for us is to go directly to the sawmill where we can get rough cut lumber right off the blade. It is wet so it is heavy, but when it is dry it is very strong. On this building we used poplar. We had the option to use oak, but it was more expensive and the poplar would be just fine for our needs. All of the beams were fastened with lag bolts which gave added strength.


John and Mikey building the tin roof. 

  
Cow Protection in Alachua Keshihanta and Devaki have been taking care of the cows at ISKCON Alachua for 25 years. They have a program Save the Cow for the remaining seven cows.They are exemplary cowherds and an inspiration to all with their steadfast dedication to cow protection. With their extensive experience, they will help guide the ISKCON Alachua temple's proposed new endeavor to create an eco/village cow protection project. Mathura makes friends with a prospective member of Alachua's eco/village cow protection project.  
ISCOWP was sponsored by the ISKCON Alachua temple to go to Alachua to counsel the beginning development of their eco/village cow protection project. It was enlivening to hear of the concept of teaching the practical as well as the cultural and spiritual benefits of cow protection to the youth in the community which is the largest Hare Krsna community in the USA. All our best wishes to Chitralekha dasi who will be the project's main cowherd. 
    Krsna Bhakta saved a herd of Black Angus cows from slaughter on his farm near Alachua temple.
Krsna Bhakta and family bought a 30 acre farm close to Alachua temple. A herd of Black Angus cows were already on the farm. If Krsna Bhakta and family did not buy the herd, the owner would sell all the cows for slaughter. Compelled to save the cows, Krsna Bhakta and family bought the herd and are now caring for twenty-two cows!
  Garden Bounty
 A thirty pound watermelon grown in the ISCOWP garden was sweet.
Shelter for Old Cows Completed 

It has been a good growing season for watermelon. Last year all our melons were killed by some disease. Broccoli is also growing well whereas in previous years it would be ruined by bugs. Although a late harvest due to the weather patterns this growing season, our harvest is bountiful.


Broccoli, Bitter Melon, Kale, peppers, sunflowers,pole beans,marigolds and Brussels sprouts all grow well in cow manure as the only fertilizer.


A school project, this sunflower was grown from 1 seed in Balaji's classroom and then transplanted as a seedling into the cow manure fertilized earth in the ISCOWP garden.


 Big heads of broccoli on all the plants.

Clearing Pastures for the Cows
Thanks to your support we are able to mow hilly rough pastures without endangering the oxen. 

At the end of last year and the beginning of this year we had a campaign to help us purchase an ATV and brush hog attachment for the purpose of mowing the pastures regularly to keep the maximum grass growing for the cows by cutting the weeds before seed germination. Much of our land is hilly and rough. By rough we mean rocky and with holes from groundhogs and other critters. Balabhadra did not want to risk utilizing a team of oxen on this terrain.  Now we have found out that the equipment works really well and seems to cut all weeds down. It is a rough ride and we found that hills can not be mowed horizontally but mowed vertically and gone around in a circle formation. Even then there are some spots that have to be let alone as the ATV and brush hog almost tipped over when nearing them.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Planting Berry Bushes 101




Springtime brings planting in the cow dung fertilized earth of ISCOWP farm. This year, besides vegetables, we are planting perennials of rose bushes, lilac bushes, berry bushes, lavender and even an almond tree. These plants are for the use of the ISCOWP staff but also to make products for our members and for sale to support ISCOWP's cow protection activities.

A little elementary instruction for a 4 year old and anyone who does not know much about planting is in this video.

Friday, May 03, 2013

Letting The Cows Out



The ISCOWP herd is always enthusiastic to graze the spring grasses after a long winter. The artik and treats showed in this video are offered to the cows in honor of any ISCOWP donor who  gives $1000 or more to the cows.