BY: MATHURA DASA
Jun 02, 2010 — SANDY RIDGE, NORTH CAROLINA, USA — If we’re going to offer milk to Krsna, it benefits the cow. Well on some level, maybe, if you are lucky. Let’s say I enslave you, I take your children and your hard-earned money by force, treat you inhumanly, and then slit your throat — but don’t worry, I’ll offer your $ to my home deities before I spend it… Is that actually benefiting the cow? Krsna’s cows are benefited by serving and being served. Krsna actually serves the cows Himself with love and care!!!!
The proper thing is to get a cow or help someone else get one and pay them the price it takes to protect the cow. Then you will be benefiting the cows.
The direct experience of our animal protection project is that the cows actually protect our family by giving us milk that can be transformed into so many things, even the all mighty $.
The cow should be protected, milk should be drawn from the cows, and this milk should be prepared in various ways. One should take ample milk, and thus one can prolong one’s life, develop his brain, execute devotional service, and ultimately attain the favor of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. As it is essential to get food grains and water by digging the earth, it is also essential to give protection to the cows and take nectarean milk from their milk bags. (Srimad Bhagavatam 8.16.12)
From our experienced calculations, we have figured that to have an average of 2.75 gallons of milk per day (4 gal in beginning and 1.5gal @ 2nd year end) you will need to care for approximately 10 cows, breeding one cow every other year. That would take 10 acres average, depending on location. Average yearly hay for all is approximately $900 per year (depending on location) and alfalfa for the milker is approx $900 per year, plus $1200 per year for fence maintenance, herb wormer, molasses, salt, supplements and extra hay.
2.75 gal x $10 x 365 days = $10,000 – $3,000 expenses = $7,000 — that’s $19.17 per day = approximately $7 per hour of work. Making yogurt for $4 per quart, as well as other products, will help increase your hourly wage.
We will appreciate any help or positive feedback in these matters, but criticism will help none of us, so please be helpful! I’m sure this will create a lot of emotion in people, but I am only trying to get you to think about these matters and act, rather than justify your actions. To learn more about our project, contact us at: