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,
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.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

ISCOWP March Update

Students from Wheeling Jesuit University came to see Nara and Narayana in action. Balabhadra is explaining and then demonstrating how oxen are trained.

One of the guests tries his hand at ox training.

Check out this news and more from the ISCOWP farm in the latest 'ISCOWP Update' e-newsletter.

Monday, January 28, 2013

The Milk Issue Part 2

Discussion about the milk issue with Balabhadra das and members of the Hawaii ISKCON temple Part 2.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Milk Issue Part 1

Discussions on the Milk Issue with Balabhadra das and members of the Hawaii ISKCON temple.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Training Nara & Narayana in a Yoke

Nara and Narayana, who were saved from the slaughterhouse, are doing very well with their preliminary training in the yoke. In this video, Balabhadra das gives a few pointers on how to train a young team to the yoke.