Thursday, November 01, 2012

Yamuna Has Left Us

Yamuna gets a hug from Jahnava in 2009

Yamuna has left this world listening to Srila Prabhupada singing sweet bhajans of Lord Krsna, the eternal cowherd boy. This morning Balabhadra went to check on her. She seemed to be peacefully sleeping with her head tucked next to her side. Balabhadra called her name and she didn't move. Again he called her name and again there was no reply. It was then he was close enough to touch her and there was no response. On closer examination he found she was not breathing anymore. 

She had been successfully and easily moved by tractor and sling from the lower pasture to the safety of the barn, about a mile away, on Friday before the bad weather started. We were also very concerned about the ever increasing wild coyote population living in the woods. On our Facebook page there is an album, with captions of this event that you can view at: 

She was far more comfortable and happy in the barn. However she kept trying to move and yesterday Balabhadra found her with her back legs split and her head crunched against the water tank even though he had offered her water several times a day along with hay. She was in such a tight situation and we again had to call for the tractor and sling to move her into a comfortable situation in the barn. She was quite happy in her new spot but appeared to be quite exhausted. Again she was offered fresh hay and water but declined both. Just before dark when Balabhadra was doing the evening herd check he again offered hay and water and she declined again. 

Yamuna was a wonderful sweet cow who grew up as a protected cow under the care of ISCOWP farm. She was friends with all the other cows in the herd and she very much liked her sweet treats whenever we brought them to the herd. She will be missed by all the cowherds and cows. Like the other 23 lifetime protected cows that have passed away on the ISCOWP farm, she will be buried on the farm. 

Thank you for praying for Yamuna. It is most fortunate that she left her body peacefully. 

Your servant, 
ISCOWP Co-Managing Director

Friday, October 26, 2012

Please Pray for Yamuna

Yamuna just a week ago

Just yesterday Yamuna, one of the older cows, went down. Please pray for her and us that we may be blessed to take the best care of her that is possible in her time of need.

 Yamuna is a sweet cow. She loves sweets. Sometimes she is friendly and sometimes she likes to be alone.

Here is an account of what has happened as written to her adopters.

While checking the cows every day, Balabhadra noticed that Yamuna has been having difficulty keeping up with the herd in the last week and a half. She is 17 years old and a lot of our older cows of the same age have this trouble but keep going often for a few years more. But just today, Balabhadra found her down in the pasture. With some help, he was able to get Yamuna to stand, but when she started to walk; her legs would not support her. This is usually the result of severe arthritis and/or some joint degeneration caused by old age.

Balabhadra said Yamuna is weak. She is sitting in a very nice spot that she chose. Balabhadra was finding her sitting in different spots in the pasture away from the other cows. Cows are social animals and usually stay with the herd. Often the cows and other animals will look for an isolated spot to leave their bodies when they feel it is time. So, the spot that she is in is one she has chosen. The weather right now is beautiful, a warm breeze and crisp.

 She drank and ate today and Balabhadra chanted the Maha Mantra to her. However, Balabhadra feels she doesn't have long to live.

Balabhadra went to visit her this morning and she had not moved. It appeared to him that her back legs/hips were paralyzed. We called the vet for his professional  analysis. He was able to come immediately as he was in the area. He examined her and said she had cancer, Lymphoma. He thinks that it has gone to her spine and that is what is immobilizing her. Dr. Moore, the vet, said to give her steroid injections. The hope is that we will be able to get her to stand up and therefore move her to the barns where we have more facility to take care of her. The diagnosis is terminal, it is just a matter of time. She presently looks healthy as you can see in the video. Please pray for her and for us so that we may take care of her in the best way possible and to keep her as comfortable as possible.

10/25/12 evening
We went to visit her and gave her water and hay. We left her with a recorder of Srila Prabhupada chanting.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Monday, September 03, 2012

Ox Training Workshop, Hilo Hawaii.

ISCOWP was sponsored by LEAF Hawaii (Daiva das) to teach an ox training course through a federal government sponsored educational program of which Balabhadra was a chief curriculum contributor. The highlight of this course was an ox training workshop with Candrakanta dasi in the Hilo area of the Big Island, Hawaii. This video is the very beginning of the workshop.

Monday, July 09, 2012

Happily Running For the First Time.

Nara and Narayana did not have the opportunity to run and jump while in their pens. Once they got to the ISCOWP barn they ran all about in joy.

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Rescued Calves Arrive Home!

Nara and Narayana were saved from the slaughterhouse. They were each living in a small pen.Here they are coming to their new home, ISCOWP farm.One of the first things they do is to run for the first time in their lives.

Monday, July 02, 2012

Wow! Success!

Madhava, the kirtan singer, meets Madhava the ox.
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Ganda Needs Your Help Campaign a Success
The Garden is Flourishing
Ox Training

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Good News!

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Tulasi Rani dd from Krishna House in Gainesville Florida brought some of her friends to visit the cows. Sri gave them the opportunity to give him a massage. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Ganda Needs YOUR Help!

A few days ago Ganda slipped trying to get up one of the two ramps leading to the barn. The ramp is two feet from the ground due to erosion and when it rains there is boot sucking mud at the end of the ramp. It is just too much for Ganda due to his arthritic back legs to get through the mud and step up two feet. In this photo Ganda is getting some loving attention from the ISCOWP staff and one of his favorite treas.

To get more details and help Ganda go to Ganda Needs Your Help!

Thank you so much!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Sri spring 2012

Sri is a Brahman that lives on the ISCOWP farm. He loves to have his dulap rubbed. Not only does Sri love the experience but so does Balabhadra love to give him that pleasure.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Madhavi, Ox Training, Spreading Cow Protection

Not only are the oxen learning how to weave in and out of obstacles but the teamster is learning how to maneuver through an obstacle course. Madhava is watching from a distance.

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