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Holy Cows

Our cows...

                                                               

                            Shyamali                                       Sushila               Tungi 

               Lakshmi                                  Rukmini                         Candrika

 

Our plans...

As Krishna’s devotees, we accept cows into our care for life, protecting them as our own children (or mothers, actually). We now are at a critical, one-time juncture where, by our proper choices, our preaching could be greatly enhanced by clearly demonstrating, locally, the far superior value of a good milk cow compared to the common mixed breed beef cow. If a cow is not profoundly more valuable for its milk than its flesh, it will be hard to convince people that cows are for milk production, not for eating. Due to the degradation of Kali yuga, cows here (excepting the few dairies on Viti Levu) are very poor as milkers, being mostly of beef breeds. They are seen as meat providers, and our challenge is to demonstrate that quality cows provide the most wonderful of all foods- milk and butter, and which can be made into yogurt, cheese, curd (panir), milk sweets, whey, buttermilk, ghee, and so on. There is good reason and advantage to begin our dairy program with first-class cows. We hope that in the future, the amazing Vedic village milking cows will become famous throughout the Fiji islands! After deliberate and considered research, and based on our experience from past farming projects, our favorite choices are the Guernsey and Jersey breeds. Guernseys are known for their high quality milk made by consuming 20-30% less feed than larger dairy breeds, with no high protein supplements necessary, provided the pastures are good quality. Guernseys produce high-butterfat, high-protein yellowish milk with a high concentration of beta-carotene. They lack undesirable genetic recessives (surprise defects appearing in future generations) and they adapt very well to tropical climates. They are excellent and efficient grazers, a cow made by Krishna for pasture-based milk production. They have a gentle disposition, calf easily, and have 5% butterfat milk, the best of all breeds. They are almost always A2 type milk producers, another most critical consideration since science has discovered that most western dairy cows have a mutated gene (A1 type cows) so that their otherwise healthy milk actually may contribute to heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension. What better cow than a thrifty and healthy one that gives plenty of buttery A2 milk? We tried to import Guernseys from New Zealand, but at the last minute Fiji government banned all further live cow imports. We then considered imported Guernsey embryo implants, but the cost and variable risks were prohibitive. In July 2015 we finally received a liquid nitrogen tank filled with 70 doses of Guernsey and Jersey semen from Australia. We have four cows now: Lakshmi, Tungi, Sushila, Shyamali, Candrika and Rukmini. They are mixes with Zebu, Brahman, Jersey, and local breeds, about the best we could find as a starting lineup. We intend to “breed them up” over 3 generations by artificial insemination, resulting in 6 to 10 animals which will be 85-95% Guernsey/Jersey. The others will be maintained but not bred. This is our plan to develop a quality milking cow herd, maybe called New Jaipur Milkers…

 

Krishna and Cows...

From the Srimad Bhagavatam, Third Canto: "According to smrti regulation, the cow is the mother and the bull the father of the human being. The cow is the mother because just as one sucks the breast of one's mother, human society takes cow's milk. Similarly, the bull is the father of human society because the father earns for the children just as the bull tills the ground to produce food grains." "Human society needs only sufficient grain and sufficient cows to solve its economic problems. All other things but these two are artificial necessities created by man to kill his valuable life at the human level and waste his time in things which are not needed. Lord Krsna, as the teacher of human society, personally showed by His acts that the mercantile community, or the vaisyas, should herd cows and bulls and thus give protection to the valuable animals." "The cow is the most important animal for developing the human body to perfection. The body can be maintained by any kind of foodstuff, but cow's milk is particularly essential for developing the finer tissues of the human brain so that one can understand the intricacies of transcendental knowledge. A civilized man is expected to live on foodstuffs comprising fruits, vegetables, grains, sugar and milk. The bull helps in the agricultural process of producing grain, etc., and thus in one sense the bull is the father of humankind, whereas the cow is the mother, for she supplies milk to human society. A civilized man is therefore expected to give all protection to the bulls and cows." As Krishna’s devotees, we accept cows into our care for life, protecting them as our own children (or mothers, actually). So we must choose wisely, otherwise our opportunity to have a pukka cow program will be compromised by lifelong responsibility for second or third class cows.

 

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