ISKCON GOSHALA PROJECT, Mayapur has a vast Goshala accommodating about 300 cows and bulls. There are about 50 cows, 70 grazing calves, 100 bulls, 30 old cows and 35 new born calves. The Goshala is well established with a veterinary doctor, a team of medical helpers, a team of cow lovers, cleaners and cowherd men who take the calves and bulls for grazing. The cows are provided grass, hay and fodder three times a day. There are 35 milking cows.
Non-milking cows: These cows have either not given birth to a calf yet or their calf is quite big. They are sent out to an open area during the milking time and the rest of the time they are together with other milking cows. They are about 15 in number.
Old cows: Old cows stay in a separate area. They are being fed nicely but their floor needs to be more nicely leveled, and made more comfortable. These cows are very loving and if anybody goes and caresses them, they feel very joyful and start licking the person. They also lick each other and exchange love among themselves.
Newborns: The newborns are the charm of the Goshala. They are very active and they love to jump and play. During the early morning hours like around 5:00 am to 6:00 am, the calves are inside their pen. Then their mothers are milked and the calves are sent to an open area along with their mother cows. During this time, the calves jump, run, and play very joyfully. This again occurs in the evening when the calves are left alone in the open area. They play till 5:00 pm and later they again get back into their pen for resting. This is the best time to caress them as they all sit together to rest and they love to be cuddled, patted and put to sleep.
PROBLEM: In Goshala project management now we are getting many problem in maintaining the goshal because of less funds. We have some maintenance which is totally depends on funding like Labor charges, foods for cows, place shortage and maintenance. For these we cannot give better treatment to them.
SOLUTION: By the help of peoples donation we can maintain our daily activity which we are providing now to helps our mother cows.
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