Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Sad Story of Gir Cows

gir cows grazing near our farm

Gir Cows are One of the best cow breeds in world. It is of high nutritional value containing 52 types of nutrients. Gir Cow milk is “Amrut”.

A Century Ago…

India was regarded as the “river of milk”. There were lakhs of Gir cows in Saurashtra, Gujarat and other parts of India.

In the 19th century, the British brought the “high yield” Jersey Cows to India. Jersey Cows were originally produced to satisfy the “meat” demands of the west. Milk of Jersey cow is not fit for human consumption.

The Greed Increased

Since Jersey Cows produced more milk and required relatively less cost of maintenance, people started adopting these cows and breeding them. As if this was not enough, Co-operative dairy movement started. Cow milk was purchased in large volumes by these dairies.Monetary Value of milk is decided based on the “percentage of fat” in the milk.

Gir Cows Lost

Gir Cow milk lost the battle because it had more “energy” and “nutritional value” but less “fat”. Some people were not interested in energy or nutritional value, they were interested in “money”. Rampant cross breeding of Jersey cows started because it brought  more “profits”.

Slowly but gradually, Gir Cows of original breed started declining in India.

One Country Knew it!

In 1960, Brazil government imported 2 Gir cows and 2 Gir bulls from the erstwhile Princely state of Bhavnagar. Today, Brazil has lacs of Gir Cows of original bloodline.

During the same time…

  • We kept losing our precious wealth - the “Gir Cow”
  • We kept drinking  low quality milk
  • We kept getting unhealthier
  • Because it was convenient
  • Because we did not care

Enter: 2013

India has only a few thousand Gir Cows. Very few out these cows are of original “Gir” bloodline. We have not only lost our cows, we have lost our health, wealth and pride.

It’s happening near you

  • Gir Cows are cross-breeded 
  • Cow farm owners wants to keep Buffalo and Jersey 
  • Cows are injected with steroids to produce more milk making them unhealthy and sick
  • Cows eat garbage and left overs 

The Lesser Known Facts about Jersey

  • Cost of maintaining Jersey Cows turns out to be much higher because it is not the natural domicile of India
  •  Jersey Cows contain  A1 type protein has been found to be the main reason behind diabetes, overweight and heart diseases
  • Jersey cows, male child are “Bos Taurus” category and are not usable for farming or carting. Hence they are sent to butcher houses
We have a chance to protect Gir Cows and you can do so, with us.

Our mission

  • To develop and grow pure breeds of Gir Cows
  • To educate & stop cross-breeding of Gir Cows
  • To promote consumption of pure Cow Milk and Ghee
  • To encourage the use of Cow Dung and Cow Urine
Click here to learn more about how you can contribute and join hands with us.

Our Gaushala has been Granted Subsidy by Government of Gujarat

Yesterday, we received a subsidy from Government of Gujarat towards following activities:
  • For making Organic Fertilizer using Cow dung: Rs. 50,000/- paid yearly
  • For purchasing machine to make Distilled Cow Urine: Rs. 10,500/-
  • For purchasing a Gir Bull: Rs. 30,000/-
Even though these funds won't make a lot of difference to our rising costs, we are happy that GoG recognized our efforts and supported our cause.

For anyone located in Gujarat having a cow farm, GoG is doing great efforts to support us. Click here to find more information on GoG website

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Pasteurization is bastardization of Milk

We at Amrut Gir believe in drinking un-pasteurized milk for a long time.  Here is an interesting article from Loren Muldowney which supports the fact that Raw Milk is actually much better and there is no "health" reason behind pastaurized milk except "commercial interests".

[Loren holds a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and a master's degree in soils and water from Rutgers University]

Here are some excerpts:
“When mothers nurse their babies, do we make a point of saying that the babies are drinking ‘raw' mothers milk?" 
Even when produced under the most sanitary conditions, he said, it is normal for milk to contain some bacteria, and human societies have been coexisting and benefiting from these bacteria in the milk for thousands of years. Today products are marketed as containing “probiotics,” as if this is something brand new. Of course, McAfee said, various active bacteria have always been in these foods. Some of what he termed “Mother Nature’s truths about bacteria” follows:
...are earth’s oldest life forms.
...are everywhere.
...are essential for human survival.
...comprise more than 90 percent of the cells in the human body.

An case study on how Raw Milk saved life of an African Tribesman:
McAfee shared one such anecdote about Kimeli, a Maasai tribesman from east Africa who came to the United States to study at Stanford University. Kimeli grew up drinking milk (known in the U.S. as "raw milk"), but after arriving in the states got sicker and sicker and was diagnosed with severe lactose intolerance and Crohn's disease. Ultimately it was recommended that part of his colon be removed. He resisted this idea and began to drink "raw milk". His lactose intolerance somehow did not apply to this milk. For the better part of a year he drank a daily half gallon of raw whole milk. Kimeli, McAfee said, remains convinced that this food is what allowed his damaged insides to heal.