Milking the cows!

1. Participated in the process of milking the cows.

2. Half of these need their legs to be tied because they kick.

3. Their calves are let to drink milk from the udders of their mothers for a minute or two.

4. Then they’re held near cows to keep them in the ‘productive’ mode. Though all existence is meaningless and taming is always a business for profit: here, you keep cows confused with emotions. When I say cows: even calves are involved in it.

5. I also helped remove cowdung with a tool to let the milking person sit comfortably near cows.

6. Some of the cows start urinating as soon as their calves start sucking from their udders.

7. During the process, these cows nuzzle their young. Sometimes even their neighbors nuzzle them. It’s only one of the two windows during twenty hours period, in morning and evening, when these mothers get to see their young. Fathers don’t care: their business is to eat and procreate.

Once milking is complete the calves are let drink until the process is complete for all cows. It means some calves get to drink longer than others. These pleasant meetings last only about half an hour which means an hour per day.

Afterwards calves go back to their section.

#cows, #husbandry, #milking, #pets

Bundelkhand Gaushala Nowgong Chhatarpur Madhya Pradesh!

1. After the completion of Shivansh Compost Process– the in-charge of NGO for cows took us on a brief tour around the building. I took some pictures:

The Sun!

2. On an imaginary road where Jaiminee Atmakarakas walk: Sun and Mars walked hand-in-hand yesterday until Sun took the post of Atmakaraka. In other words: Sun has transitioned faster than Mars in the sign of Capricorn.

Newborn calves

3. They’ve about 500 cows here. Cows which can no longer give milk or aging are also sheltered here. It’s, in the words of our tour guide an orphanage for cows.

4. They’ve a roadmap. The cowshed has existed for more than 40 years but the milk production is less than 5 litres! Who would believe? 500 cows and no milk! The cowshed in Gandhi Smarak Nidhi Chhatarpur Madhya Pradesh produces about 15 litres with 48 cows. It might be because of the difference in breeds of cows.

5. The roadmap has a temple, a park, an organic farming garden and a hospital among other things. The organization is sponsored by RSS and BJP as you can see giant pictures of their founders in the office.

Bundelkhand Gaushala Nowgong Chhatarpur Madhya Pradesh

6. On 12th of January which is celebrated as National Youth Day here, I passed by this shelter as I was participating in a marathon. I didn’t imagine that I would get to visit it so soon. I hope it develops further to help unprotected animals and even begins to produce more milk which might at least be used to feed children of caretakers who reside here.

Image credit: self, Courtesy: Bundelkhand Gaushala Nowgong Chhatarpur Madhya Pradesh 471001

#husbandry, #organic-farming, #pictures, #service-to-animals, #shelter-for-cows, #tour

Job in the Cowshed!

1. Took me 2H13M to complete working in the cowshed of Deshaj Gaushala Gandhi Smarak Nidhi Chhatarpur Madhya Pradesh. The task was to cleanse cowdung and to put it to Nadep post. To sweep the floor and to collect a few wood pieces. I had to make 18 visits to Nadep post. There were three of us in the first half and two of us in the later half. The first half was longer than the second half. Here are some pictures which I could capture as i was waiting for my teammates to do their jobs or just taking a deep breath or two:

Gandhi Smarak Nidhi Chhatarpur Madhya Pradesh

2. There are three sections of cowshed. The first one is biggest. It has adult cows. The second one has younger ones: calves. The third one has cows which are currently producing milk.

3. It takes three to four people working for about two hours in morning and evening to merely cleanse the cowsheds. Then there are other tasks like preparing their food or milking them or taking care of ill cows or those which are delivering babies.

Gandhi Smarak Nidhi Chhatarpur Madhya Pradesh

4. It took me about 1H26M to cleanse the rack number two of almirah number 11 in library. I registered 19 books. Read a passage from New Hopes For A Changing World by Bertrand Russell. Came across a book on ‘Natya Shastra’ by Dattil who was son of Bharat and an ancestor of Panini and Patanjali.

5. I met one Querishi who worked in irrigation department. He was visiting this place after five years. We had a discussion about Dr. Zakir Naik. As soon as I began registering books the first title had preface by Dr. Zakir Hussain and at the same time that person began asking me about Zakir Naik.

Then I told him about another synchronicity: not many people follow me on instagram. Today morning one Qureshi followed me. I told the visitor in library about these couple of synchronicities and about my classmate Asif Qureshi in Maria Mata Convent School.

6. I went on another short trip to a farm. There we sat in peace for a while. Had some discussion and took some pictures.


#cowshed, #day, #husbandry, #images, #weblog