The Goshala at Govardhan Eco Village was started in 2003. Beginning with only 9 cows & bulls, the number today has increased to 104 and is expected to reach 150 in next few years. One of the unique features at the Govardhan Ecovillage Goshala is the personal attention and care given, with separate special zones allocated for Bulls, Cows, Calves and milking Cows. Pregnant Cows are offered special diet and care to ensure proper health of the Cow and the calf. Old cows and bulls are given special care. Cows at Govardhan Ecovillage are treated as one of the family members and all due care is given to them. The health status of each and every cow is noted on a daily basis and is logged for long term monitoring. To ensure proper medical care a veterinary doctor visits the Goshala regularly and is locally available in case of all emergency situations. Primary treatments are done with homeopathy and herbal medicines. Apart from providing clean hygienic surroundings, fresh water and ventilation, great care is taken with regards to their diet. Proper nutrition is provided in the form of kadbakutti, corn flour, tuar and wheat bran. Lucerne grass, Yeshwant grass, Paragrass grown at our own farmland provides very good nutrition for our Cows. With 7 people serving the Cows round the clock, it is ensured that all timely requirements are taken care off. Govardhan Ecovillage Goshala provides excellent facilities for Cows and bulls, setting world-class standards in Cow care with rope free zones, fresh water, special calf care and many other practical considerations.
In order to demonstrate their utility bulls have been engaged in variety of activities:
Cow dung is being used in:
Cow Urine is being used in:
Traditionally cows are treated as one of the family members and due care is given to them. As for their diet green fodder like corn & millet is being grown in abundant quantity. Nutrition is provided in the form of Napier grass, Yeshwant grass, Paragrass, and Corn grown at our own farm land provide very good nutrition for our cows.
The Tharparkar breed:
Earlier India had 120 indigenous breeds of cows. The number is now reduced to 30. Tharparkar is one of the pure indigenous breeds. It originally comes from the Sindh region of Pakisthan. After the partition, they have crossed the Thar Desert to come to Jaiselmer, Badmer and Jodhpur regions in Rajasthan, and also along the Kutch border of Gujarat. And now these cows are the native of those regions in India. Since “they crossed the Thar desert”, they are called as Tharparkar. They are well known as a dual purpose breed – for milk and agriculture.
The Gir breed:
Understanding the importance of giving pure cow milk to the residents of Govardhan Ecovillage and the Gurukul kids, the Goshala brought Gir cows from Swami Narayana Goshala. In December 2009, the Goshala brought 4 cows and 1 breeding bull along with a bull calf from Swami Narayana Temple, in a place called Swami nagadhada in Rajkot district of Gujarat. Gir is basically a milk breed. Its bulls are not as efficient as Tharkar bulls for Farming. But can be engaged for other cottage industry applications – ADPM, oil Ghani, etc.
The Dangi breed:
They are from Ahmadnagar and Nasik districts of Maharashtra. This breed has excellent working qualities in heavy rainfall areas, rice fields and on hilly tracts. It’s a Draught breed. Their feet are oily, while working in paddy field doesn’t stuck up in the mud unlike the bulls of other breeds. We use trained bulls to teach ploughing to new bulls. We normally tie a trained bull along with an untrained bull while ploughing so that the untrained bull gets trained.