Problem- Data analysis shows that the living conditions of cows, today, are disintegrating and degenerating, both in quality and quantity. Unfortunately this is effecting their genetic base. The net result is that some of the well-established breeds such as Punganur have already become extinct, and breeds like Krishna Valley are fast approaching extinction. Good milch breeds like Sahiwal, Tharparkar and Red Sindhi have reduced in number as well as in the quality and quantity of their productivity.
Cause: The cause for this is that caretakers of the cows are unaware of the importance of a balanced diet and proper hygiene. These factors are imperative for the well-being and productivity of cows all through their lives. Secondly, when destitution overwhelms cow owners, whether due to natural disasters like drought, flooding, etc., or through financial losses, the cows are set free to forage lest they starve to death. Thus, a large number of cows walk on the streets of India and hundreds of them are killed everyday. These homeless cows have nowhere to live except on the streets.
Solution: In order to prevent this and contribute a small bit for the welfare of cows, I visited my family’s Gaushala where I highlighted the importance of proper hygiene and healthy diet for the cows. To spread awareness about the correct living conditions & food requirements for cows, my grandfather & I arranged an event where the owners and workers of neighboring cow shelters came.
I reminded the workers at the gaushala that Animal Husbandry is not a burden but an economic enhancer and that they should work with love and regard for these gentle, harmless creatures. I organized workshops on animal health, hygiene, and general welfare with practical training on site.
Events were organized to introduce future programs for the promotion of indigenous cow breeds and for the improvement in quality of indigenous stock.
RESULT OR OUTCOME-After my visit to the gaushala, I was pleased to learn that the farmers that attended the event had shared their learning and practical experiences with relatives and friends by giving demonstrations on their land.I never knew such a small effort could result in something so big. As a result, the feedback from cowshelters show that the general health, hygiene and productivity standards have improved.
Healthy cow, Healthy produce, Healthy environment-
We are trying our best to improve the quality of life of cows. It benefits all both ways such as:
Sustaining the welfare of the cow will add to the total food security of India.
Cow produce also has a major positive impact on human health such as nasal drops are a cure to over 90 illnesses like depression, stress, headache, weak memory, sinus, dust allergies.
Health tonic that is produced from cow urine repairs and regenerates damaged tissues and cells. By improving the metabolic rate, it helps in lowering cholesterol levels.
Ghee that is spread on Indian breads, mixed in milk, has medical and therapeutic properties as it is rich in antioxidants and fat soluble vitamins like A,E,D. It helps reduce cholesterol by increasing the contribution of lipids to assist metabolism.