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All the cows went in the barn at the end of November. In later December we noticed Krishna getting thin. This was usual for him for the past three years and we didn't worry. He would get thin in winter but have no problem moving around and eating. Then he would fatten up in the spring when he and all the other cows were let out on pasture. His spring, summer and fall video updates showed him well and happy.He seemed to be following the same pattern this year.
This evening Balabhadra found him lying down in the barn. He said he is real weak and doesn't seem able to get up. He is surrounded by his friends and we have the Hare Krishna mantra chanted by Srila Prabhupada playing in the barn 24/7. Balabhadra and Lakshmi put a bunch of hay under him to make him comfortable.
We had an ox quite a few years back who had similar problems and the vet said he had Johnes disease for which there is no cure even if recognized in the early stages. It is a digestive disease. For that particular ox we tried a bunch of remedies anyway to no avail.
If you could please pray for Krishna that he receive the mercy of Lord Krishna.
Balabhadra went to check this morning on Krishna and found him in the same position. He sprinkled Govardhana dust and Radha Kund water on his head, put Tulasi leaves in his mouth and put a Lord Nrsringhadev kavitra on his horns. The sound of Hare Krsna bhajans could be heard in the barn from a CD player which we have playing 24/7. An hour later Balabhadra called me from the barn to tell me Krishna had passed away. He will be buried on the farm today.
Krishna's passing is unexpected and therefore difficult to accept. He was ten years old and in human years he would be 50 years old. Some of the cows were nudging him and sniffing him as if expecting him to get up. Narayana (a young Milking Shorthorn) was trying to lift him by his horns to get him moving. Balabhadra said that Krishna came over to him three days ago, the day before he went down, to talk to him while he was filling the feed aisle with hay. Krishna was quite chipper and his usual friendly, charming self. He went down yesterday evening and left us this morning, a very quick departure which greatly reduced his physical suffering.
Krishna and his friend Balaram were found in a petting zoo by some devotees who were told they were about to be shipped to the slaughterhouse because they had become too big for the petting zoo. They were 3 months old. The devotees called us and asked us to take them and they have been with us ever since. Balaram is quite healthy and I am sure will be missing Krishna.
Krishna will be remembered for his handsome appearance and his charming personality. He was always friendly to guests and patient with them in his mild mannered way. He was especially popular with the female guests. I always looked forward to visiting with him as he was always so relaxed and friendly. His association had a calming, soothing affect.
We will all miss Krishna greatly. Please pray for his journey to greener pastures.
|Krishna (on the right) and Balaram setting foot on ISCOWP ground |
for the very first time in 2004.
Krishna (on the left) skinny and with large cuts. Balaram on the right.We were surprised at their condition when they arrived.
|Krishna fattening up during the summer.|
|Balaram and Krishna (sitting down).|
Krishna (with Balabhadra) and Balaram (with Lakshmi)received
basic training by voice commands early in their lives.
|Krishna and his friends during the fall of 2014.|
Thursday, October 16, 2014
The Latest ISCOWP News is now online
Be a Vegetarian/Krsna Dairian & Stop World Hunger
Part 1: Cow Protection and Vegetarianism
Part 2: Diet Change Can Save the World
Our Father the Bull
Part 1: How Green is Your Tractor?
Part 2: Oxen Can Save the Planet.
How the Cow and Bull Benefit our Society
Part 1: Cow Dung and Urine, a Bio Resource
Part 2: Cow Manure is an environmental Hazard, Or is it?
Violence to the Cow and Bull Creates Violence to Humankind
Part 1: Why September 11? Animal Slaughter= War.
Part 2: The Cause of Animal Slaughter is a Godless Society
Saturday, August 16, 2014
The ISCOWP Staff went to the auction barn to save three calves but instead came home with eight calves. The condition of the auction barn and the cows there overwhelmed their hearts and they had to save more.
Read the latest ISCOWP e-newsletter to find out more.
Friday, July 11, 2014
|Some of the locust tree logs taken from ISCOWP property were thick enough to split into two or more posts. We used metal wedges and a sledge hammer to split the logs|
ISCOWP July 2014 E-Newsletter
Collaboration with Like Minded Folks
The Art of Fencing
The Garden Begins
Summertime for the Cows
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
See Anasuya when she first came to the ISCOWP Farm.
Thursday, May 01, 2014
The recent video we published showed artk and treats being offered to the cows. After the ceremony, Gourangi and the rest of the cows were let out on pasture. As you know, Gourangi has been having trouble with arthritis in her legs. She kept up with the herd as they went out on pasture although she was moving very slowly. The video even shows her receiving a treat while on pasture.
A few days ago, we found her sitting in the lower pasture unable to get up. We knew we had to move her as there are coyotes in the woods. This slideshow shows how we moved her and how she is now staying in the old cow shelter that was built last year. Indraneela and Anasuya (the two calves rescued from the auction barn last fall) are keeping her company. They can be seen snuggling with her. Since Indraneela and Anasuya were taken from their mothers at an early age, we think they perceive Gourangi as a mother figure.
Gourangi is 19 years old which would make her 95 years old in human years.She has not been able to get up and is becoming weaker.She is listening to Srila Prabhupada chanting the Hare Krsna mantra and singing bhajans. She has received dust from Govardhan Hill in Vrindavan, India. If you could please join us in praying for her. Thank you.
Read the Latest ISCOWP News
Value of Milk and Cow Protection.
What Does Lord Krsna Want?
What Does Srila Prabhupada Want?
Offering Commercial Milk Products to Krsna?
Srila Prabhupada's Incremental instructions.
Establishing Cow Protection.
What About the Ox?
The Choices You Have.:
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The grass hasn't grown that high yet, but the cows were so eager to roam the pastures after such a harsh, long winter that we let them out a few days ago. In fact, Madhava, the ox, had broken out twice to munch the grass on the other side of the fence which really made the other cows envious.
We performed artik to our deity Giriraj and the cows and fed them the cows treats. Vegan Indira, the cow who was recently saved by ISCOWP members from the dairy industry, met the rest of the herd and green grass for the first time in her life as did the calves Indraneela and Anasuya who had been saved from the auction barn last fall. It was an auspicious time for the cows.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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
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..