Govardhana Puja

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Happy Govardhana Puja from Save the Cow

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Happy Diwali

Diwali

Happy Diwali from Save the Cow

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Baby Gopal in the News

Baby Gopal

More about Baby Gopal and the Bluhms here.

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Radhastami 2014

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Srimati Radharani honoring a cow.

goloka-vasini gopi

gopisha gopa-matrika

sananda paramananda

nanda-nandana-kamini

 

“She is a resident of Goloka Vrindavana and is a cowherd damsel. She is the queen of the gopis and the divine mother of the cowherd boys. She is joyful and always experiencing the highest bliss, and She incites lusty desires in the heart of the son of Nanda (Lord Krishna).”

Happy Radhastami from Save the Cow!

 

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Janmastami 2014

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Happy Janmastami from Save the Cow!

All glories to Krishna, the son of Mother Yasoda, the cowherd boy Gopal, Govinda who gives pleasure to the cows! All glories to the conqueror of Cupid, Lord Hari, who takes away all inauspiciousness, who is unlimited, and the awarder of liberation!

(Gitavali, Sri Krishner Vimsottara-Sata-Nam, Song 6, Verse 1 Bhaktivinoda Thakura. Trans. Dasaratha-suta dasa. Nectar Books, 2002.)

 

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Balarama Jayanti 2014

Krishna and Balarama

Krishna and Balarama

“Farm development is Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma. Kṛṣṇa is tending cows, and Balarāma is plowing. Therefore the plow and flute, flute for tending cows and plow for agriculture-Kṛṣṇa-Balarāma.” Srila Prabhupada, evening conversation, February 15, 1977, Mayapura, India

 

 

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Govinda departs on Sayana Ekadasi

Govinda

Govinda

Govinda was the son of Nandini. The two Holsteins came from upstate New York, where they were cared for by Jagannatha and Vrinda. Around 2004, when their caretakers planned to move overseas, Govinda and Nandini were brought to Save the Cow at New Raman Reti.

 

Govinda loved to eat and was always enthusiastic to go to the temple on Sundays or on festival days to perform his service of being fed cow cookies. He visited the Bhaktivedanta Academy on several occasions and gobbled up all the treats the schoolchildren could supply. He was a gentle old guy who wouldn’t hurt anyone.

 

In May, Govinda started having incidents of not being able to sit up on his own. After being helped into a sitting position, he would stand up within a half hour and then resume his normal activities as if nothing had happened. The vet examined him and had some diagnostic tests done, but initially found no particular problems. Then in early July, he apparently had a heart attack, which left him unable to stand up. When Govinda went down, he was provided hay bedding, water, and whatever food he would eat, along with pain medication prescribed by the vet. Every night the rest of the cows in his field would sit near him and during the day they would stop by and visit him. Even Nrisimha, who can be quite pushy sometimes, stayed near him but wouldn’t try to eat any of Govinda’s special food.

 

For the first two days, Govinda refused to drink much water and would only eat carrots, lettuce, and the apples used to give him his pain pills. Then, for a couple of days, it seemed like he was improving—he was drinking more water and even eating some grains and hay. With the help of a group of devotees (Govinda weighed at least 1800 lbs!), he was shifted from one of his sides to the other to give him some relief. But, by Monday morning when the vet came Govinda had taken a turn for the worse and was refusing to eat or drink. The vet diagnosed him to have a heart condition for which there is no cure available for cows. He did prescribe some additional medicine to help alleviate some of his symptoms, but it became apparent that Govinda would soon be departing. A shade tent was erected since the weather was turning sunny and a sound system was set up to play Srila Prabupada chanting bhajans. Then on Tuesday morning (Ekadasi), with his caretakers and a number of devotees present, Govinda breathed his last.

 

Govinda, like all of Krishna and Balarama’s cows and oxen who live and die in the holy dhama of New Raman Reti, was no ordinary animal. He had the good fortune of rendering service, honoring Krishna prasad, and hearing the Holy Name. And like many of his predecessors, he gave up his bovine body on an auspicious day. He will be missed by his herd mates and caretakers, but has surely gone on to greener pastures.

 

Save the Cow would like to thank his “adopters,” whose regular donations over the years paid for his care while he was with us at New Raman Reti:

 

Kirtan Rasa Mausert and family

Radha Jivan, Gaura Bhakti and Poddar family

Bhuvana Pavani Diehl and family

 

Thanks also go to the devotees who came forward to help care for Govinda during his final days, especially Ramananda Raya.

 

 

 

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Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day from Save the Cow to all the Dads.

Here are some fatherly thoughts from the Vedic tradition.

Govinda Gopal

Govinda Gopal

Lord Krishna declares in Bhagavad Gita (9.17): pitaham asya jagato mata dhata pitamahah  I am the father of this universe, the mother, the support and the grandsire.

While Krishna is the supreme father and mother, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu explains to us: “You drink cows’ milk; therefore the cow is your mother. And the bull produces grains for your maintenance; therefore he is your father. Since the bull and cow are your father and mother, how can you kill and eat them?” (Cc Adi 17.153-4)

Haladhara Balarama

Haladhara Balarama

And Sri Krishna’s divine brother, Balarama, is also known as Haladhara, He who bears the plow.

All Yoked Up

Radhastami and Krishna Kripa (1993-2012)

Dragging the field

Dragging the field

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day from Save the Cow

Sri Krishna with two of His mothers: Yashoda and Go-mata

Sri Krishna with two of His mothers: Yashoda and Go-mata

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Abhay Arrives

 

Abhay relaxing at New Raman Reti

Abhay relaxing at New Raman Reti

Save the Cow recently welcomed Abhay, another Brahman ox, to the herd. Abhay came from Prabhupada Village in North Carolina where he was lovingly raised from birth by Haripada dasa and Phalini devi dasi. They had also raised Smita, Abhay’s mother, who was a Rajasthani Tharparkar cow. Smita was bred to a Brahman bull and in the summer of 2004 Abhay was born. Abhay and Smita lived happily together until Smita passed away in the winter of 2011/2012.

Smita and Abhay

Smita and Abhay

Abhay missed his mom, but remained the darling pet of Prabhupada Village. However, with Haripada and Phalini  spending more time in India, they thought it was time to find a place for Abhay to live where he could get more bovine association. It just so happened that  Madana Mohan Mohini, a resident of Prabhupada Village, was visiting New Raman Reti around the time of Baby Gopal’s arrival. She inquired from Save the Cow about the possibility of Abhay moving here and corresponded with Haripada and Phalini in India. Arrangements were made, health certificates were obtained, and Chitralekha brought Abhay from North Carolina to Florida, where he fit right into the herd.

Abhay with one of his new friends, Surabhi

Abhay with one of his new friends, Surabhi

Adopt Abhay (click here) if you would like to “adopt” Abhay and help pay for his care.


You can read (and see) more about Smita and Abhay in Phalini’s blog:

http://harinamasrama.blogspot.in/2011/12/smita-cow.html

http://harinamasrama.blogspot.in/2012_07_01_archive.html

http://harinamasrama.blogspot.in/2013/02/bovine-bliss.html

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Save the Cow Financial Report 2013

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Income & Expense

January through December

2013

2013 Financial Report

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Happy New Year 2014!

Baby Gopal

Baby Gopal

Happy 2014 from Save the Cow!

We’re ringing in the new year by welcoming Baby Gopal to Save the Cow. Born in 2003 on Deer Run Farm in nearby Columbia County, he was rejected by his mother for some unknown reason. His owners, Al and Barbara Bluhm, called him “Baby” and lovingly raised him as their pet.

Baby as a "baby"

Baby as a “baby”

Now, a decade later and retired from farming, they needed to find a new home for their 10-year-old, 1800-pound Baby.They contacted Save the Cow, an interview was conducted, and everyone agreed that Baby was a good candidate to join the herd. He arrived just before Christmas and, as you can see, Baby, now “Baby Gopal,” is fitting right in.

Baby Gopal and "Cousin" Chandrika

Baby Gopal and “Cousin” Chandrika

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Bhaktivedanta Academy

Bhaktivedanta Academy students raise $374 for Save the Cow

Bhaktivedanta Academy students raise $374 for Save the Cow

Bhaktivedanta Academy students raise funds to support the cow protection efforts at New Raman Reti every year. This year they set a goal of raising $308 for fixing pasture fences and providing feed for the cows. Students did odd jobs around their homes, tapped into their personal savings (piggy banks), and in some cases, went out into the community distributing Srila Prabhupada’s books with their parents. As a result of all these efforts, a check for $374 was presented to the Save the Cow program!

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Happy Diwali and Govardhan Puja!

“Being assured by Lord Krishna, all the inhabitants of the village—men, women, children, and animals—entered beneath the great hill and remained there for a whole week. They were simply astonished to see Krishna holding up Govardhana Hill with the little finger of His left hand. …”

“Being assured by Lord Krishna, all the inhabitants of the village—men, women, children, and animals—entered beneath the great hill and remained there for a whole week. They were simply astonished to see Krishna holding up Govardhana Hill with the little finger of His left hand.” —Srimad Bhagavatam

Happy Diwali and Govardha Puja from Save the Cow

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Happy Kartik 2013

Krishna and Balaram, the Butter Brothers

Krishna and Balaram, the divine butter thieves, caught in the act

The auspicious month of Damodar began on the full moon of October 18 and continues until the next full moon on November 17. At New Raman Reti, Govardhan Puja and Go Puja will be celebrated on Sunday November 3.

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Shri Krishna Jayanti

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Happy Janmastami 2013 from Save the Cow

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Balarama Jayanti

Krishna and Balarama with  gopas and cows

Krishna and Balarama with gopas and cows

Happy Balarama’s Appearance Day!

Balarama represents plowing the land for agriculture and therefore always carries in His hand a plow, whereas Krishna tends cows and therefore carries a flute in His hand. Thus the two brothers represent krishi-rakshya and go-rakshya.          (Bhag. 10.5.20, purport)

Krishna and Balarama taught us by Their personal behavior. Krishna took care of the cows and played His flute, and Balarama took care of agricultural activities with a plow in His hand.   (Bhag. 10.11.37, purport)

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Godavari departs at “111″

Godavari

Godavari

Sadly, we must report that Godavari, our oldest cow at New Raman Reti, passed away early Monday morning. We had recently marked her 22nd birthday in May, which made her the equivalent of 111 years old in human terms when she passed.

Godavari was born on the farm in the spring of 1991, daughter of Dharma, the Brahman bull, and Ganga, the Holestein cow. Devaki and I visited Alachua for the first time that summer and met Godavari as a cute little calf. But like all of her siblings, Godavari was feisty from the start. Two years later when we moved here, Devaki got to know Godavari up close and personal. While Devaki was fixing a fence, Godavari came from behind, pushed her to the ground, and then walked away. That was their relationship for many years: Godavari pushing Devaki, but never really trying to hurt her. Godavari did get along well with the rest of the herd and especially liked hanging out with her sister Jaya and her brothers, Braj and Chakra.

Godavari eventually mellowed with age and, in her later years, became very mild and sweet. Ultimately, old age caught up with  her (as it does for all living beings) and she became afflicted with arthritis. Under the direction of our vet, we were daily giving her joint medicine and supplementing her diet with grains and highly-nutritious alfalfa hay. That seemed to keep her going so that she could get around, although ever so slowly. Then last week, she took ill and stopped eating. We made her a bed of hay, protected her with a tent canopy, and gave her as much water as she would drink. We also set up a CD player so she could hear Srila Prabhupada chanting. (Of course, living on the farm for over 22 years afforded her many opportunities to hear kirtans of the Holy Name and to eat Krishna prasad.) She held on for a few days, but finally succumbed early on the morning of July 22, which happened to be  the the auspicious day of the full moon called Guru (Vyasa) Purmina, the beginning of Chaturmasya, and the  disappearance day of Srila Sanatana Goswami. Mystical as it seems, this isn’t the first time that one of our cows waited for an auspicious day to finally depart from this world. Krishna and Balarama’s cows at New Raman Reti are certainly not ordinary souls.

Thanks go out to the devotees who visited and helped care for her. And a special thanks to her long-time Save the Cow sponsors who “adopted” her by giving monthly donations to pay for her lifetime care: Ervin & Shirley Hiney / Brahma-tirtha & Bhakti Cohen / Bhuvana Pavani Sheets.

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Feast for Cows

Recently, Kirtan rasa dasa, a long-time monthly donor to Save the Cow, sponsored a feast for the cows on behalf of Nalini kanta and Ratnesvari (also long-time monthly donors), and in honor of his son Nathan Keshava’s 17th birthday. The menu consisted of fresh alfalfa hay, grains, lettuce, carrots, squash, and bananas. All the cows (and Rupa, the mule) were happy to partake in the generous offering.

Chandrika poses

Chandrika poses

Chandrika chows down

Chandrika chows down

Govinda smells the goodies

Govinda smells the goodies

Govinda partakes

Govinda partakes in the picnic

Nrisimha relishes the alfalfa

Nrisimha munches the morsels

Rajani relishes the alfalfa

Rajani relishes the alfalfa

Rukmini ruminates, literally

Rukmini ruminates, literally

Rupa says, "Me too!"

Rupa says, “Me too!”

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At the Cow Wash

Nandini gets a bath

Nandini gets a bath

Scrub-a-dub-dub

Scrub-a-dub-dub

Squeaky-clean cow

Squeaky-clean cow

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Happy Mother’s Day

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Lord Krishna is a transcendental cowboy, and His topmost spiritual kingdom of God is known as Goloka, or the planet of cows. The cow is the most important of animals because she is the mother of all the demigods and human beings. Almost everyone in the world daily drinks some cows milk and eats butter, ghee (clarified butter), or cheese made from that milk throughout their lives. Therefore from a moral point of view because we all drink cow’s milk, the cow is our mother. According to Vedic civilization, there are seven mothers whom everyone should venerate.

atma-mata guroh patni
brahmani raja-patnika
dhenur dhatri tatha prithvi
saptiata matarah smritah

(from Chanyaka’s Niti Shastra)

Atma-mata is our own mother from whom we take birth. Guru-patni is the wife of the guru or teacher, who is also our mother just as the bona-fida guru is our well-wishing spiritual father. Brahmani, or the wives of Brahmanas should also be considered as mothers, as should be raja-patnika, or queens, or, in modern society, the wives of presidents or prime-ministers. Dhenur means the mother cow who feeds humans with her milk. Prithvi is mother earth, (bhumi-devi), who often takes the form of a sacred cow when in the heavenly planets or in the eternal pastimes of the Lord. Dhatri means a nurse, who cares for us just like a mother.

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Godavari

Godavari

Mayapur 1991-20013

Mayapur 1991-2013

Hi this is Merci I spend this last weekend in your temple & connected with Godavaris..
what is her ailment & treatment please.
Thanks
Hope to see you all soon
Merci

Hello Merci,

Thanks for your interest in Krishna’s cows. Godavari was born at New Raman Reti on May 19, 1991, which means she’ll be 22-years-old next Sunday. That’s equivalent to 110 years for a human! So that she has arthritis is not surprising. Under the direction of our vet, we’re daily giving her joint medicine and supplementing her diet with grains and highly-nutritious alfalfa hay. That seems to keep her going so that she can get around, although ever so slowly. Like all of us, she is living by Krishna’s mercy, but at her age we don’t know how much longer she’ll be with us. One of her herd mates, Mayapur the ox, also born in 1991, just passed away peacefully.

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Earth Day

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Holi Holstein!

Govinda

Govinda—the Holi Holstein

Do I smell food?

Do I smell food?

Mmm . . . cow sweets!

Mmm . . . cow sweets!

What's all that racket over there?

What’s all that racket over there?

Festival of Colors---photo by Jiva

Festival of Colors—photo by Jiva

Holi Color Throw---photo by Jiva

Holi Color Throw—photo by Jiva

More photos of the celebration: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.330730460363976.1073741827.112711692165855&type=1

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Happy Gaura Purnima

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When Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu visited Vrindavana, the cows and calves surrounded Him and began licking His body.  All the cows relished the nectarean taste of His body and cried in ecstatic love. Seeing this, Lord Caitanya said, “Vraja has inconceivable qualities. The residents of Vraja all have natural devotion to Krishna.”

(Sri Advaita Prakasa, Chapter 16, by Sri Isana Nagara, trans. by Subhag Swami.)

Lord Caitanya then touched the cows with His lotus hand, and the cows all began to dance almost like gopis. Seeing the dancing of the cows, He was inundated with love. He chuckled and danced like an intoxicated person.

(Ibid.)

“In My last birth I was born in the family of cowherd men, and I gave protection to the calves and cows. Because of such pious activities, I have now become the son of a brāhmaṇa.”

Lord Caitanya in Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Ādi 17.111

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2012 Financial Report

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ISKCON Save the Cow’s Federal Tax ID#: 59-2710464

For a statement of total donations you sent in 2012 for tax filing purposes, please request one below:

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Happy New Year 2013

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Happy Holidays!

Moory Christmas

Happy Holidays from Save the Cow

 

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Happy Karttika

Feed a cow—please the Lord

namo brahmanya-devaya go-brahmana-hitaya ca

jagad-dhitaya krsnaya govindaya namo namah

 

When Krishna comes to establish real perfection in the social order, He personally gives protection to the cows and the brahmanas (go-brahmana-hitaya ca).

This is His first interest because without protection of the brahmanas and the cows, there can be no human civilization and no question of happy, peaceful life.

(Srila Prabhupada’s purport to Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.4.41)

Make your Diwali and Govardhana Puja even more auspicious by feeding Sri Sri Krishna and Balarama’s cows at New Raman Reti.

$25 provides 150 lbs. of feed grains for year round nourishment

$51 grows and harvests one hay roll for winter feed

$108 fertilizes and maintains one acre for summer pasture

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Send checks or money orders to:

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P.O. Box 93

Alachua, FL 32616

All contributions are tax deductible (in the USA).

ISKCON Save the Cow’s Federal Tax ID#: 59-2710464

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govardhana-lilaOut of great affection for the cows of Vraja, Krishna became the lifter of Govardhana Hill. At the end of the day, having rounded up all His own cows, He plays a song on His flute, while exalted demigods standing along the path worship His lotus feet.

(Gopala-Campu, First Champi, Text 152, Srila Jiva Goswami, translated by Kusakratha dasa.)

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Happy Diwali!

Happy Diwali from Save the Cow

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Harvest Time

2012 Hay

Hay and photo courtesy of Gosthabihari das

Hay

Ready for winter

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Happy Radhastami

Radha Krishna and cows

Happy Radhastami from Save the Cow

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Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasa Puja

Srila Prabhupada in Vrindavan

Srila Prabhupada in Vrindavan

Vyasa Puja, celebrating the appearance of

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Founder-Acarya of ISKCON and cow protection worldwide

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Happy Janmastami!

Gopal Krishna

Happy Janmastami from Save the Cow

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Raman departs suddenly

Raman

Raman, 1992-2012

We have some sad news: Raman passed away this past Saturday morning, June 23. He seemed normal on Friday and appeared to be in good health for a twenty-year-old. He most likely had a heart attack or a stroke, which is not uncommon for an ox of such an advanced age. He was born on the New Raman Reti farm on May 7, 1992, the offspring of Radharani, the Geursney cow, and Dharma, the Brahman bull. He was majestic to look at, but sometimes unruly to deal with. He lived out his last days peacefully with his bovine buddies, Radhastami and Krishna-Kripa, spending most of his time in the back pasture of the farm.

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Happy Mother’s Day

Mother's Day

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Moolah memo

Cash CowClick here for Save the Cow’s 2011 financial report.

ISKCON Save the Cow’s Federal Tax ID#: 59-2710464

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Happy New Year 2012

Happy Moo Year

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News and Project Updates

News from the Moos

2010 Hay Harvest

After years of drought, we were finally able to harvest some of our own hay to feed the Save the Cow herd. Besides cutting a newly-seeded field at New Raman Reti, two local devotee families, Gostabihari and Mahavisnupriya Cranmer and Stoka Krishna and Syamapriya Torgersen, graciously made their fields available for hay production.

Gosta's Greenery

Gosta's Greenery

Of course, the saying, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” applies to cows as well. There’s still the cost of fertilizing the fields and the expense of getting the hay cut and baled. Therefore, thanks also goes to the following who donated to help pay for last year’s hay harvest, which has amply fed the cows this winter: Balavanta and Ballavi Ogle, Varuna and Kirtaniya Aggarwal.

Hay Harvest 2010

Hay Harvest 2010

Radhe and Kripa Still Going Strong

Radhastami and Krishna Kripa will turn 18 this year, but each is still as strong as an ox (pardon the pun). Bhakta Mauri, our long-time dedicated teamster, who is no spring chicken himself, recently yoked up the team to “drag the field,” thus spreading the manure evenly on the pasture—and here’s the proof, so you won’t think that this is just a cock and bull story.

All Yoked Up

All Yoked Up

Mauri and the "Guys" Dragging the Field

Mauri and the "Guys" Dragging the Field

Ox Power

Ox Power

A Visit from the Vet

As Save the Cow’s herd gets older, veterinarian visits are becoming more frequent. Recently, our regular vet Randy Emmons DVM (bovine specialist and the best large-animal veterinarian in the area) came to treat Krishna Kripa’s eye and Radhika’s leg. Kripa, as a “white-faced” Holstein with non-pigmented eyelids, is susceptible to developing cancerous growths on his eyes. Dr. Emmons has successfully treated Kripa twice before for this disease as he has done for Nandini as well.

Eye Examination

Eye Examination

Injection Time

Injection Time

Radhika, another Holstein, is afflicted with an arthritic condition in her leg and hip. The injections she receives from Dr. Emmons and her daily doses of medicines provide enough relief to keep Radhika on her feet and able to get around the pasture.

Radhika's Exam

Radhika's Exam

Dr. Emmons Checks Her Joints

Dr. Emmons Checks Her Joints

Gopa the Cowherd Dog

If you’ve ever driven to the back of New Raman Reti, there’s a good chance you’ve seen (or almost run into) Gopa the cowherd dog. He showed up at the Temple in 1999 and has been here ever since, staying with the cows out in the pastures. In his younger days, Gopa performed his cowherding service with great enthusiasm and could even walk Gauri on a rope!

From the Archives

From the Archives

Gopa and Gauri

Gopa and Gauri

Now, he’s semi-retired and spends most of his days sleeping in the fields or on the road—a bad habit of many years that he won’t give up. So please be on the lookout for him in the road and drive carefully.

Resting on the Road

Resting on the Road

Project Updates

T’anks Alot

Thanks to Ganesh M. Ramanujam, Jaya Gauri and Mahavira Roberts, and the students of Bhaktivedanta Academy of North America for sponsoring three new water tanks (two are already installed and the third one is just now coming).

Shiny New Water Tank

Shiny New Water Tank

Here’s Mayapur after a drink at one of the new tanks, sprinkled with the hay that he throws on himself with his horns. He thinks it makes him look tough—aren’t  those horns warning enough?

Mayapur Takes a Drink

Mayapur Takes a Drink

Mayapur the "Menace"

Mayapur the "Menace"

Tractor Barn

Initially, we kept Save the Cow’s brand-new donated Mahindra tractor in the cow barn and the mower under a tarp. Then, we purchased an economical “Instant Garage Shelter” as a temporary solution, which we thought would last a year or two while we saved up enough funds for a permanent structure. Unfortunately, it proved to be very temporary when, within a few weeks, it came down during the first thunderstorm of the summer.

"Get that tractor outta there!"

"Get that tractor outta there!"

Mower Under Wraps

Mower Under Wraps

That inspired us to step up fundraising efforts and with the generous support of the following donors, we were able to provide a suitable shelter for Save the Cow’s tractor, which is used for delivering 800-pound hay-rolls to the cows in the winter and for mowing the pastures in the summer. Thank you to Varuna and Kirtaniya Aggarwal, Sadhu Sanga Men’s Group, and Mrs. Marion Solomon.

Mahindra's New Home

Mahindra's New Home

Maison de Mower

Maison de Mower

Barn's New Neighbor

Barn's New Neighbor

Color Coordinated

Color Coordinated

Special Delivery

Special Delivery

New Projects

New Gates

It’s about time to replace some pasture gates, which get beat up over the years by cows, cars, and the climate. We could use five new 12-foot-wide gates, which cost about $70 each.

Gate

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Seed and Fertilizer

Last year we seeded a 13-acre field at New Raman Reti with Tifton 9 Bahia grass and harvested 45 hay rolls in one cutting. To help establish a stronger, higher yielding pasture, we plan to re-seed that field again this spring. At the recommended planting rate of 20 pounds of seed per acre, we require seven 40-pound bags of Tifton 9 seed ($125 per bag) at a total cost of  $875.

A Need for Seed

A Need for Seed

That field along with the others (for both hay production and summer pasture grass) need to be fertilized with nitrogen. The cost of spreading fertilizer on all the fields comes to about $2800 (fertilizer prices are15% higher than last year).

Click here to donate for Seed or Fertilizer

Cow Shelter / Infirmary / Hospice

Another feature of caring for an aging herd is the opportunity to improve our service by providing for the special needs of geriatric bovines. In North Central Florida, healthy, young cows can live well without the need of barns. All of our pastures have trees, which provide shade and some shelter from wind and rain. As our cows age, however, they need extra care and shelter from the elements. We can make them more comfortable by providing additional shelter from summer sun and winter winds and rain.

Pole Barn Sketch

Pole Barn Sketch

To this end, Save the Cow plans to build a 12 x 24 foot multi-purpose barn shelter in one of the pastures. This structure will be open on both ends to allow free access to the cows and oriented in such a way as to provide refuge from the prevailing winds, which can be quite chilly in the wintertime. In addition, it will provide shade and shelter from the rain. This barn will be equipped with a central beam sturdy enough to support a cow sling, which can hoist a cow having difficulty standing. There will also be a gate on each end so that the building can be closed to create an infirmary for sick cows or a hospice facility when necessary. The estimated materials cost is $2500 and we plan to construct it with a combination of volunteers and local carpenters.

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2010 Financial Report

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Save the Cow’s 2010 financial report is posted here, followed by an article called “Dollars and Sense.”

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Happy Moo Year!

Happy Moo Year

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Adopt-A-Rama and what’s new

Adopt-A-Rama campaign

Welcome to savethecow.org and headquarters for the Adopt-A-Rama campaign. Our goal is to get all the cows and oxen at New Raman Reti fully adopted at a level that enables Save the Cow to provide them the care they need and deserve.

Sri Sri Krishna Balarama

Sri Sri Krishna Balarama

Now that the divine cowherd boys Sri Sri Krishna and Balarama reside at New Raman Reti, we at Save the Cow ask you to join the transcendental brothers in Their cowherding lila by adopting a cow today!  Click here to Adopt A Cow.

For more information about Save the Cow’s finances (including 2009 year-end report) and why we need more donors click here.

Coming soon!

Health update:  Godavari and Nandini

In Moomarium: We say goodbye to those who have gone on to greener pastures

Pasture/hay update: Planting, fertilizing, and harvest

Moos in the News: New articles from around the world

New links: Cows in Cyberspace and Veggie Links

Glories of Mother Cow: More quotes and pictures



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Year of the Ox

["In Memory of Rangakara Prabhu'' below this post]

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

January 26, 2009 marks the beginning of the Chinese year 4707. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, this is the Year of the Ox. The Ox, one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, symbolizes prosperity through hard work, resolve, and tenacity.

While economists hope this foretells a bullish financial market, we at Save the Cow see it as an opportunity to increase and improve our service to Lord Krishna’s beloved cows and oxen. This auspicious opportunity is open to all and depends upon your generous contributions. Let’s work together to make this Year of the Ox one of wonderful progress in the cause of go-seva and cow protection.

Year of the Ox

Year of the Ox

Think of Chinese New Year as a second chance to make some additional New Year’s resolutions. And what better resolution is there in the Year of the Ox than to make a pledge of support to Save the Cow. Consider adopting a cow or an ox by pledging a monthly donation at one of the three service levels: Pandava Sahadeva, Maharaja Nanda, or Gopal Krishna. Visit Projects and Wish Lists to contribute for a specific need or make a General Donation.

Save the Cow

P.O. Box 93

Alachua, FL 32616

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For the cowherd men and the cows, Krishna is the supreme friend. Therefore He is worshipped by the prayer namo brahmanya-devaya go-brahmana-hitaya ca. His pastimes in Gokula, His dhama, are always favorable to the brahmanas and the cows. His first business is to give all comfort to the cows and the brahmanas. In fact, comfort for the brahmanas is secondary, and comfort for the cows is His first concern.

—Srila Prabhupada’s purport on Srimad Bhagavatam (10.8.16)

The cow is the support of all living entities, and the ocean of auspiciousness. The cow is the past and the future. She nourishes the health of all living entities, and she is the root of all prosperity. The piety one achieves by feeding a cow is never destroyed.

—Gavopanishad

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In Memory of Rangakara Prabhu

Rangakara at Gita Nagari

Rangakara at Gita Nagari

One of our steady supporters, Rangakara Prabhu, passed away in early January. He was a disciple of Srila Jayapataka Swami, the husband of Lalita Sakhi and father of Vrindavan Lila. Many remember him as  one of the most friendly and kind-hearted men they ever met. When he lived at the Gita Nagari farm in Pennsylvania, Rangakara worked with the oxen—a service that he cherished. After moving to Alachua he quickly began giving regular donations to Save the Cow. He was one of Prajapati’s adopters and when Prajapati passed on became a supporter of another ox named Govinda.

Just before Christmas I ran into Rangakara in the Alachua Post Office parking lot. He rolled down his car window, called me over with his characteristic smile, and immediately wrote out a check to Save the Cow.

Whoever renders service unto Me in devotion is a friend, is in Me, and I am also a friend to him. . . . He quickly becomes righteous and attains lasting peace. O son of Kunti [Arjuna], declare it boldly that My devotee never perishes. —Bhagavad-gita 9.29, 9.31

His widow, Lalita Sakhi, is requesting anyone who wishes to make an offering in Rangakara Prabhu’s memory to do so by making a donation to Save the Cow in his name.

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Send checks or money orders to:

Save the Cow
P.O. Box 93
Alachua, FL 32616

All contributions are tax deductible (in the USA).
ISKCON Save the Cow’s Federal Tax ID#: 59-2710464

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Welcome!

Ganga Jal, Your Host

Ganga Jal, Your Host

Hello, I’m Ganga Jal, your host at Save the Cow’s website.

Most people,  and all the other cows for that matter, just call me Ganga. I’m working with the kind folks at Save the Cow to make this website entertaining as well as educational. Together, we’ve got big plans as you can see from the pages listed on the right (most of which are under construction). Right now, you can go to the Ganga’s Story page and read Part One of my life history. Don’t miss the cute baby picture of yours truly along with my mom, Gauri.

Or visit the In Moomoriam page to read Devaki’s memorial to my old friend Vamsi, who recently passed away.  Check out the Projects and Wish Lists page to see the Great Winter “Bale Out” of 2008 appeal that successfully raised all the funds to pay for this winter’s hay. There, you’ll also find a photo of me  all dressed up, as well as an ox-cart ride video. Thank you, by the way, to all you donors out there who gave so generously to feed me and my friends.

My Favorite Winter Pastime

My Favorite Winter Pastime

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