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  • USDA Loan Benefits New Devotee Farmers in Gita Nagari Area

    Gita Nagari is a 350-acre farm, established in 1974 to fulfill Srila Prabhupada’s instruction that city temples should be affiliated with farm projects.

  • Farm Conference Celebrates 50 Years of Cow Protection in ISKCON

    The conference ran from October 4th to 6th in New Vrindaban, West Virginia, where ISKCON’s first cow protection program started in Spring 1969 with a black Jersey, “Kaliya,” named by Srila Prabhupada himself.

  • Devotee Farmers Discuss Ahimsa Milk Logistics at Czech Farm Conference

    For the past 13 years ISKCON’s Ministry for Cow Protection and Agriculture (IMCPA) has organized a European conference for ISKCON farmers and anyone interested in agriculture and cow protection. The idea is to create networks and unite everyone towards Srila Prabhupada’s goals for cow protection and simple living.

  • ISKCON Farms Make Progress as New Vrindaban Hosts 2019 Conference

    2019 marks the 50t hanniversary of cow protection in ISKCON, so it’s an excellent time to look at and celebrate that progress. And this year’s North American Farm Conference will take place where it all started – New Vrindaban, West Virginia.

  • Indian High Court Declares Animals Legal Persons Entitled to Justice

    The High Court of Punjab and Haryana has ordered that animals are now to be considered legal persons in the Indian state of Haryana. This means that animals in the state may no longer be treated as “objects” or “property” and are “entitled to justice.”

  • New Book Brings Cow Care Into Serious Discussion in Academia and Beyond

    Cow Care in Hindu Animal Ethics, a new book by ISKCON guru and scholar Krishna Kshetra Swami, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in early 2020.  The work is set to make caring for cows, in the spirit of devotion, a serious topic of discussion in academia worldwide. 

  • International Farm Conferences Bear Fruit Worldwide

    Since 2016, the ISKCON Ministry for Cow Protection and Agriculture has been organizing farm conferences all over the world, to share best practices, create networks, and inspire new projects. Now the fruits are starting to show, with more exciting plans on the way.

  • Deity Worship and Cow Protection: GBC Discusses How to Improve Standards in March 10th Meeting

    People who appreciate proper standards of Deity worship tend to look to ISKCON as an example. Over the years, ISKCON has established a reputation of having high standards of Deity worship. However, the Deity Worship Ministry warned the GBC that if proper care is not taken to maintain and improve standards of worship, this reputation could slip. 

  • New Govardhana to Open-State-of-the-Art Goshala for Cow Protection

    Cow protection has been going on at Australia's thousand-acre farm in some form since its establishment in 1977.

  • Ox Training Seminar in New Vraja Dhama, Hungary

    While recognizing cow protection as an important branch of our Krishna Conscious society, training and working with the oxen remains to many an ideal yet to be achieved. The upcoming Ox Training Seminar to be held in New Vraja Dhama, Hungary between April 17thand 24th, will shed more light on this important, yet less practiced side of cow protection. 

  • Alachua Eco Farm Celebrates Simple Living at Fall Festival

    About 350 people streamed in through the rustic cob entranceway of ISKCON Alachua’s Eco Teaching Farm on October 27th, buzzing and excited to attend its third annual Fall Festival and learn more about simple living and higher thinking. 

  • How to Live on a Farm in the 21st Century

    Srila Prabhupada once said, “Unless in the human society the Varnasrama system is introduced, no scheme or social order, health order or any order, political order, will be successful.”

  • Care For Cows to Celebrate Kurma Rupa Dasa’s Service to the Cows of Vrindavana

    The founder and director of Care for Cows expired due to cancer in 2015 at the age of 67. But the organization he started continues to support and care for destitute and abandoned cows in Lord Krishna’s holy land of Vrindavana, India.

  • Cow Culture Conference 2018 – California

    On Sunday, May 20, 2018, a conference on Cow Culture was held at the India Community Center, Milpitas, California, USA, organized by the Om Sri Surabhi Campaign.

  • June Meeting to Set Collective Vision for North American Farms

    Over the past few years, the ISKCON Ministry for Cow Protection and Agriculture (IMCPA) has been bringing ISKCON farms together for biannual continental conferences. Now, the Ministry is beginning strategic planning meetings every other year, to foster team building.

  • “Sri Surabhi” App Launching

    The Sri Surabhi App will serve mainly as a “friend raiser” involving devotees in various activities related to the OM Sri Surabhi Campaign as well as a “fund raiser” (to support local village/rural projects and campaign initiatives.

  • Mayapur's Primary Citizens

     The Mayapur Goshala is a very peaceful and serene place, allowing anyone who comes to have a wonderful experience of offering service and worship.

  • Hari the Ox Star

    This video shows Balabhadra (ISCOWP president William E. Dove) with students Chaitanya Connor and Hari the ox. The location is at our old farm in West Virginia now owned by ECOV-Vrindaban. The occasion was the meeting of the North American ISKCON Farm Conference. Showing what Hari can do in his first stages of training was the emphasis of the Ox Training Seminar Balabhadra gave. The purpose of training oxen is to defeat the widespread opinion that the ox/steer is useless unless sold for meat. A video by ISCOWP.

  • Krishna is a Cowherd Boy (S.B. 8.24.5)

    The Cow Seva Kirtan Mela Festival was hosted by the Hare Krishna devotees of the ISKCON New Talavan farm community in Mississippi, USA. William Dove (Balabhadra das) gave three Srimad Bhagavatam classes about the importance of cow protection. The Srimad Bhagavatam is one of the holy scriptures of the Hare Krishna Movement. Below is a video of one of the classes entitled "Krishna is a Cowherd Boy."

  • ISKCON Farm Conference Celebrates 10th Anniversary

    The event showed how far ISKCON farms have come in networking and working together particularly over the last decade, with conferences now regularly organized in four continents by the GBC Ministry of Agriculture and Cow Protection.  Because the ISKCON Farm Conference began in Europe in 2008, however, the 10th anniversary event focused on European farms. 

  • Training Oxen by Voice Commands Lesson 3

    This is lesson 3 teaching the voice commands Get Up and Whoa. More lessons to come. These lessons will take the viewer through the training process from infancy to adulthood or full working capacity. The goal is to show the usefulness of the ox as an alternative to his slaughter. A video by ISCOWP.

  • UK's First 'Slaughter-free' Dairy Farm Gains a Permanent Home

    The UK's first "slaughter-free" dairy farm, Ahimsa dairy, is hoping its model will be picked up upon by other farms. Dairy cows are usually culled when they get older and cannot produce as much milk. But for Ahimsa dairy, the older cows are "retired".

  • Training Oxen by Voice Commands

    This is ISCOWP's first ox training video made in 1995. it contains comprehensive instruction for training a young team.

  • Kalindi Vijaya and Her Boyfriends

    Kalindi was only three years old and had produced 23, 096 pounds of milk but  she couldn't get pregnant again and her milk production had fallen below 60 pounds a day when the dairy farmer who owned her was about to sell her for meat. ISCOWP members purchased her and saved her from becoming meat on someone's dinner plate. This video is about her life and the life of two of her friends (also saved from slaughter) two years later. 

  • Calves Happily Reunited

    A calf just saved from being dehorned and branded is in the trailer entering the International Society for Cow Protection (also known as ISCOWP) Florida farm. Her name is Draupadi Amba. Another calf saved from the same fate and from the same breeder is already at the ISCOWP farm. Her name is Sri Vasanti and Draupadi is about to be reunited with her. A video by Chaya Devi of ISCOWP.

  • Training Oxen -- Lesson 1: Become Friends

    This is the first in a series of lessons that ISCOWP plan to publish with the intent that someone who watches them should attain a good idea of how to train oxen by voice commands from the beginning of their oxen's lives to their maturity. A video by Chaya Devi.

  • When a Chained Bull Is Set Free

    This bull has live his entire life in chains. Watch his heart-warming reaction when he's set free. A video by Gut Aiderbichl

  • Spring in Krishna-valley: Happy Cows Grazing for The First Time

    Krishna-valley, Hungary, is one of the main cow-protection centers in Europe. This video by Kunjabihari Dasi captures the happy moments when the cows are let out to graze on the fields for the first time, after a long cold winter.

  • Winter Arati and Joyful Cows

    On the auspicious day of Lord Nityananda's appearance the ISCOWP crew based in Alachua, Florida, offered arati to the cows. Instead of offering treats also, they let the rescued calves out of their barn for the first time. They also opened the gates for the rest of the herd to let them onto another pasture so they would be getting new grass to eat. A video by Chaya Devi of ISCOWP.

  • Rescued Dairy Cow Hides Newborn Because She Thinks All Humans Steal Calves

    A rescued dairy cow whose previous babies were all taken from her, hides her newborn calf in a field so the humans won’t find her and take her away. A video by Buzz60.

  • Rescued Calf Feels Fear Then Joy

    This Gir calf was rescued from a breeder just before she was about to be dehorned and branded. Even though her horns will grow towards the back of her head and not to the front, where they could be used as a weapon, dehorning would have been done. Dehorning is a painful and bloody process. A video by Chayadevi of ISCOWP.

  • Rescued Dairy Cow Loves the Affection of the People Who Saved Him

    Salvador was rescued from a dairy farm in Chile by the Equality Sanctuary Interspecies. Now six months later, he's enjoying life and loves the affection he receives from the caregivers who saved him.

  • Members of Krishna Farm Boom in Canada Meet to Collaborate

    With a sudden boom of new Krishna conscious farm projects in Central Canada, their leaders gathered to discuss how they could collaborate with each other at the first ever Central Canada Farm Conference on December 17th. Canadian GBC Bhaktimarga Swami and farmer Sukhayanti Dasi brought together twenty-six devotees from seven agrarian projects across Southern Ontario and Quebec for the conference, which took place at the King Edward Park Community Centre in Brighton, Ontario.

  • Caring for Cows

    From the spiritual perspective, cow plays a vital role in providing core ingredients for worship. Cows largely influenced social life and economy in the ages when Bharath (ancient India) was the place for peace and prosperity, attracting the attention of the whole world.

  • Bull Calves Rescued by ISKCOWP

    These two bull calves were rescued from a dairy recently by the activists of ISKCOWP (International Society of Cow Protection.) These calves will be protected for life and trained as an ox team to show their usefulness as an argument against their slaughter. In the dairy they are considered useless because they do not produce milk. Unless rescued they will be sold as meat. More information about the project: A video by Chayadevi Dasi.

  • Gopastami Celebrations at ISKCON Kanpur

    On the most auspicious occasion of Gopastami, ISKCON Kanpur held ca large event with many awareness programs about cow protection, also launching Sri Surabhi campaign and seminars for farmers. The event was graced by the presence of two of the cities prominent officers District Magistrate Mr. Kaushal Raj Sharma and Kanpur Development Authority Vice Chairman Mrs. Jaishree Boj.

  • Do We Care? - Australia’s First Home for Cow Protection

    In the 21st century more and more emphasis is being placed on the protection of animals, the reduction of violence towards animals, changes in the consumption of animals as food for humanity and the understanding that animals are sentient beings possessing feelings and emotions. In fact the rights of our animal brothers and sisters are being discussed and debated within society as never before. A new booklet is an offering written by Mukunda Goswami and Mandira Mani Dasi and an important contribution to this worldwide change of consciousness toward animals.

  • Four-Continent Conference to Launch Support Network for ISKCON Farms

    This summer and fall, for ISKCON’s 50th anniversary, the GBC Ministry for Cow Protection and Agriculture will run conferences on simple living in four continents. It hopes that the conferences will also launch a support network for ISKCON farms around the world. The Ministry was first established in 1998 by Balabhadra Das of the International Society for Cow Protection (ISCOWP), who emphasized working with oxen and encouraged devotees to take up cow protection as a key part of their mission.

  • Visit of Budapest Accredited Diplomats to Krishna Valley, Hungary

    To spread awareness of the importance of cows for a peaceful society, the devotees at New Vraja Dham organise a special festival every spring to celebrate the first grazing of the cows after a cold winter. 

  • This Heaven for Cows Is Run by Muslims

    The cow shelter is the region's biggest and is operated by the Muslim Educational and Welfare Society of Jodhpur. Over 200 cows, most of them old and sick, are taken care off here by a team of veterinarian doctors

  • Prabhupada and ISKCON’s First Cow Kaliya

    Soon after registering ISKCON in 1966, Prabhupada began requesting his disciples to start a rural community.

  • ISKCON Golden Jubilee - Proposed Global Go Puja on January 1

    ISKCON Daiva Varnashrama Ministry invites all ISKCON Temples and ISKCON Centers to perform a special Go-Puja to Mother Surabhi on January 1, 2016.

  • "Simple Living High Thinking": The Perfect Soil

    Take a close look at these two plants, we took the seeds from the same fruit and we put them in pots six months ago. What is the main difference that makes it so dramatic? A video by The Vedic Way.

  • Mississippi Kirtan Mela Promotes Cow Protection

    This year’s Save the Cow Kirtan Mela at ISKCON’s New Talavana farm in Mississippi drew around one thousand locals and devotees for a family-oriented festival centered around cow care.

  • Kurma Rupa: A Life of Service to Krishna’s Cows and Devotees

    Kurma Rupa was born to Mexican parents and grew up in New York. At 21, he was drafted for the Vietnam War. “While I was in the army, I prayed for the first time in my life,” he recalls in the recent short film ‘My Part of the Bargain.’ “I prayed very intensely that, ‘My dear God, if you save me from having to go to war, then I will figure out how to serve you.’”

  • Kurma Rupa Das: "My Part Of The Bargain"

    Kurma Rupa Das has lived in Vrindavan, India for many decades. He established Care for Cows, an international network that helps abandoned, sick or injured cows in Vrindavan for more than 25 years. He has been actively working to create awareness, educate, give guidance and support to likeminded charitable organisations worldwide. He passed away on June 28th in Vrindavan, India. A video by Syam Gopal Das and Vijay Radhika Dasi (

  • 'Protector of Cows' Kurma Rupa Das Passes Away

    On June 28th, 2015, at 8.45 AM on the auspicious Padmini ekadasi in the greatly auspicious month of Purushottoma, amongst the sacred cows in the holy land of Vrindavan, Mathura, Kurma-rupa Das left his body surrounded by devotees, Vrajavasis, and uplifting Hare Krishna kirtan, with sacred tulasi on his tongue and head and his salagram-sila on his chest. 

  • ECO-V Seeks Ox Care and Garden Managers in New Vrindaban

    Two unique opportunities have arisen in New Vrindaban, West Virginia, USA. ECO-Vrindaban, a non-profit organization that promotes Prabhupada’s ideals of simple living, cow protection, engaging oxen, local agriculture, and above all, loving Krishna, is searching for managers for its ox care and garden programs.

  • ISKCON Extends Its Support to Ban on Slaughter of Cows

    ISKCON's Govardhan Ecovillage is saying that rearing these animals would add much more to the economy rather than killing them.

  • His Name Is Khan, He Wants a Ban on Cow Slaughter Across India

    He is a kathavachak (narrator of religious lore) with a difference. A devout Muslim by birth, Faiz Khan is a firm believer in the need to protect cows. 

  • India's Maharashtra State Bans Beef

    The Indian president has approved a bill which bans the slaughter of cows and the sale and consumption of beef in the western state of Maharashtra.

  • Moral Madness

     Recently a man was jailed for hunting badgers with a dog, and another was fined for shooting a seagull. But when it comes to the meat industry it seems that any amount of cruelty is acceptable.

  • Canada Couple Try to Live Prabhupada’s “Simple Life”

    A husband and wife devotee couple are trying to live a simple life on Canada’s Prince Edward Island according to ISKCON Founder Srila Prabhupada’s instructions – with inspiring results. Gaura Nitai Das, originally from Scotland, and Lala Gopala Dasi, a Cree native from the White Bear reservation in Saskatchewan, Canada, were both initiated by Srila Prabhupada at Bhaktivedanta Manor near London in 1976.

  • Cowspiracy - Official Trailer

    "COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret" is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today, and investigates why the world's leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. This documentary will be as eye-opening as "Blackfish" and as inspiring as "An Inconvenient Truth." See more at:

  • Gita Nagari Farm Listed as Success Story by US Department of Agriculture

    The United States Department of Agriculture has listed ISKCON’s Gita- nagari Farm in Port Royal, Pennsylvania as one of the most important success stories of preservation and sustainability in 2013. 

  • Cows Saved from the Slaughterhouse

    These cows have been providing milk for their owner for years, but he could not afford keeping them anymore. Thanks to the German fundraising campaign, these animals avoided the chance of being slaughtered. Watch how they react.

  • Factory Meat, Cruel and Bad for Us

    Our own lives would improve if we started showing some basic decency to the 9 billion cows, calves, pigs, lambs, turkeys and chickens that are slaughtered a year in the United States.

  • USA's First Certified Slaughter-free Dairy Opens at Gita Nagari

    At the European Leaders’ Meetings this fall, ISKCON leaders discussed a common dilemma for devotees today: do we drink milk? Or do we avoid it, since today’s store-bought milk supports the slaughter industry? The answer is to drink milk from our own protected cows. Unfortunately, there are few ISKCON dairy farms in the world today -- but there are some. 

  • First Book on Cow Protection Has Been Published in Russia
    Animal protection, what to speak of cow protection, is quite underdeveloped in Russia compared to Western countries. The book on cow protection is very much needed, especially in the Russian-speaking countries of the Middle Asia, where people eat meat three times a day.
  • Cow - A Source Of Auspicious Qualities In Human Society

    In vedic society, the cow is not considered a money-making machine but a sacred animal, an entity who softens human passions, elevating humanity to the mode of goodness so that it can lead a peaceful and harmonious life. The cow is considered very sacred in vedic tradition for very good reason. It's good qualities are those that we can emulate.

  • The Hidden Costs of a Big Mac

    There’s more to a Big Mac than meets the eye -- besides killing innocent cows. The following video takes a look at the real cost of a Big Mac burger, from the health factors to economic contributions.

  • New Talavana's Annual Cow Festival
    ISKCON New Talavana (Mississippi, USA) holds its 6th annual Festival of Cows on Saturday October 20th from noon till 7 PM.
  • ISCOWP Cares for Krishna’s Dearmost Friends
    With Lord Krishna’s appearance day, Janmastami, just passed, it’s especially enlivening to look at one of these devotees who takes care of Krishna’s dearmost friends, the cows.
  • My Best Friend
    Perhaps you may be thinking it a bit extreme or unreasonable for me to compare a cow with a domesticated animal. If so, I would humbly request you to spend thirty minutes in close proximity with a cow. Give her a good brushing under the neck and see how she lovingly reciprocates.
  • The Hungarian Parliament Passes A New Law On Religion

    On the 30th of December, the Hungarian Parliament passed the new religious law that is in lieu of the one cancelled by the Constitutional Court earlier in December. The next two months will still remain crucial in defining ISKCON Hungary`s future for decades.

  • Cows and Children Protest Outside the Hungarian Parliament
    On Tuesday December 14th, members and supporters of the Hungarian Society for Krishna Consciousness protested outside Hungary's Parliament against a new law that could strip them of their status as a recognized church, and which puts the very existence of their world-famous self-sustainable Krishna-valley farm into question.
  • Bhaktivedanta Manor's New Goshalla Wins Prize for "Design Excellence"
    Thirty-two high quality nominations were received for Hertfordshire (UK) based "Building Futures" Awards, ranging from household extensions to a large public space regeneration project. This year, the "Design Excellence Award" was given the Bhaktivedanta Manor`s newly constructed goshalla and visitor center.
  • ISKCON`s Global Village Initiative Committee Meets In Mumbai
    ISKCON`s Global Village Initiative Committee (GVIC) met for the second time after it's inception last year. The committee was fored under the ausipices of GBC as part of strategic planning initiative.
  • Festival of Cows in New Talavana

    On October 15th, ISKCON`s New Talavana farm community celebrates the fifth annual Festival of Cows. Visitors can taste and purchase local produce, like vegetables, dried fruits, honey, ice cream, cheese and chapatti cooked on open cow dung fame.

  • A Celebration of Cows on Krishna’s Birthday

    The world’s largest Janmashtami festival outside of India at Bhaktivedanta Manor attracted more than 60,000 pilgrims on 21st and 22nd August. This year celebrated the launch of the Ahimsa Dairy Foundation, which sells milk from cows that will be retired when their milking days are over and uses bulls to work the land.

  • From Poop To Power: Manure, Life and the Bio-fuel Miracle of the Cow
  • ISKCON Family Finds Real Wealth in Cows and the Land
    “I think that the agrarian lifestyle goes so much better with Krishna consciousness,” says Ruchira. “It slows you down to a more meditative pace, where you start observing nature more, and really seeing the cows as spirit souls. Our philosophy comes more alive in that environment.”
  • Ahimsa Slaughter-Free Milk Now On Sale

    Organic milk from cows that will be retired to a sanctuary once their milking days are over is starting its first deliveries this week in north London and surrounding areas, bringing about a revolution in milk production.

  • More Weight On Less Meat
    Today the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released “Meat Eater’s Guide to Climate Change and Health,” a comprehensive report that suggests what’s become a common refrain here and elsewhere: we all need to eat fewer animal products – not just meat, but dairy as well.
  • A Day with Krishna`s Cows in Vraja
    I have never touched a cow in my life. I have been to Vrindavan a few times but between my kids, the husband, their getting sick, the morning program, parikramas, Loi bazaar and the MVT restaurant, there was no time for the cows.
  • Production of UK's Most Expensive Milk, At Bhaktivedanta Manor To Be Expanded

    Production of the most expensive pint of milk in the UK will be expanded after Hare Krishna farmers in Aldenham agreed a deal with a Kent dairy.

  • Children`s Art to Protect Cows
    The Shri Prahlada elementary school, situated in Krishna-valley, Somogyvamos, Hungary held its annual children`s art competition. This year the topic was cow protection. 265 children from all over Hungary sent in their drawings and paintings, all emphasizing their love for cows, the need to take care of them, and the importance of milk products in people`s lives.
  • Varnasrama College Course Starts Vrindavan
    The upcoming "Panchagavya Medicines" course in Vrindavan will teach not only a range of 18 products such as toothpowder, gooark, massage oil, dhoop, etc., but Ox training, Goshala design and maintenance and treatment to cows will also be covered.
  • Fourth Annual Global Daiva Varnasrama Convention
    Fourth Annual Global Daiva Varnasrama Convention was recently held at Sridham Mayapur from 4th March to 7th March. One of the most interesting sessions were on 'Ksatriya Dharma', on 'Social Norms- A Case Study of the Amish Community` and `Self Sufficiency Efforts`.
  • New Mayapur Office Sets Prototype for Global Varnashrama Mission
    As well as Srila Prabhupada clearly stating that fifty per cent of his mission remained incomplete without Varnashrama, previous acharyas such as Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura also expressed that the easiest way one can advance as a Vaishnava is within the system of Varnashrama.
  • Upcoming Farm Conference in the UK
    The fourth European farm conference will be held at Bhaktivedanta Manor on the 10th, 11th, and 12th of May 2011. This conference is for those ISKCON devotees who are actively involved in farming, cow protection and agriculture
  • Snowstorm Destroys Villa Vrindavana Cow Shelter
    Devotees in ISKCON Italy’s rural Villa Vrindavana community are still struggling to recover after a violent snowfall in the Florence area on Friday, December 17th paralyzed the farm and completely destroyed the tent-shelter in which its cows were housed.
  • Daiva Varnashrama Ministry to Inaugurate Mayapur Regional Office on January 20
    The first in a series of Daiva Varnashrama Ministry Regional Offices will officially be launched in Sri Dham Mayapur on January 20th, 2011. In an effort to increase the awareness about the on-going activities of the ISKCON Daiva Varnashrama Ministry and to give an opportunity for more individuals to get involved, the ministry plans to open a series of regional offices.
  • A Tale Of Two Herds
    The British newspaper The Guardian held a "taste contest" in which the New Gokula ahimsa milk contested against regular shop milk. The outcome has been pretty self-explanatory.
  • The Passing of Dadhiharta Das
    Dadhiharta Das left his body at the Sharanagati Farm near Vancouver, Canada. Devotees who met him knew him as someone who had firm faith in Srila Prabhupada`s instructions, and excellent devotee and a great friend
  • Udder Madness! Pampered Cattle Produce Britain's Most Expensive Pint Of Milk... At A Staggering £1.70
    Milked only by hand to the sound of sacred mantras, these garland-wearing cows could be the most pampered in the UK. But they are producing the most expensive milk in the land, costing £1.70 per pint - nearly four times more than usual.
  • Grand Opening Of The Five Star Hilton For Krishna Cows
    Hailed as a blue-print for the future of farming, The Independent and the Daily Telegraph described the New Gokul project as being the “Hilton of farms”. The care received by the 44 cows and bulls is unparalleled. For example, relaxing music is played to the cows as they are hand-milked.
  • Varnashrama College 2011 In South India
    ISKCON Daiva Varnasrama Ministry (India), pioneering the Varnasrama mission announces the third term of Varnasrama College course, entitled "Land, Cows, and Krishna".
  • New Gokula Farm Opens, Launches Ahimsa Brand Milk
    Although there has been a farm at ISKCON’s Bhaktivedanta Manor in the UK since the 1970s, its first fully sustainable farm project, New Gokula—which is set to officially open this weekend—will take the community’s efforts to the next level.
  • Festival of the Cows in New Talavana
    Saturday, November 6th brings New Talavana's (Mississippi, USA) Fourth Annual "Go Puja Mela- The Festival of the Cows".
  • An Appeal From ISKCON Vrindavan Goshala
    The ISKCON Vrindavan Goshala makes an urgent appeal to its worldwide community of devotees, the goshala which houses over 385 cows, bulls and calves are in urgent need of 30 acres of grazing land, winter and summer sheds, upgraded medical care,and other facilities.
  • What Are You Doing For Cow Protection?
    In the spiritual world, in Goloka Vrindavan, Krishna goes out every day to tend cows. And yet it is so difficult to get devotees to be cowherds, to see that this is a respectable future, and to stick with that service. We don’t believe in slaughtering the cow, we don’t believe in eating the meat of the cow. But, when it comes to properly protecting the cows, are we willing to do it?
  • The Brutality of Factory Farms: An Inside Look
    Recognizing how widespread concern about the humane treatment of farm animals has become, the California Milk Advisory Board has recently ramped up its 10-year "Happy Cow" advertising campaign with a new series of ads proclaiming that "Great milk comes from Happy Cows." These ads are now being shown across the nation. Unfortunately, there are a few problems with the ads.
  • Vrindavan Care For Cows Newsletter
    The August 2010 issue of our Care for Cows Newsletter has been posted. In this edition of 23 pages there are reports on another victim of reckless driving that leads to amputation, and a tribute to the passing of Aindra Prabhu.
  • Thousands Protest Cow Slaughter on Streets of Hyderabad
    On November 15th, 2009, the streets of Hyderabad were painted with saffron color when thousands of devotees of Mother Cow took to the streets demanding a total ban on cow slaughter and a declaration that the cow be named as India’s national animal. The massive Vehicle Rally was headed by Bhakti Raghava Swami, who was recently appointed the Minister for ISKCON’s Varnashrama-based Rural Development Ministry in India.
  • Conspiracy for Murder
    According to Manu, the great author of civic codes and religious principles, even the killer of an animal is to be considered a murderer because animal food is never meant for the civilized man.
  • Give Up Meat to Save the Planet
    People will need to turn vegetarian if the world is to conquer climate change, according to a leading authority on global warming. In an interview with The Times, Lord Stern of Brentford said: "Meat is a wasteful use of water and creates a lot of greenhouse gases. A vegetarian diet is better."
  • Book Release: To Kill Cow Means To End Human Civilization
    Minister of Education, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Sri D. Sridhar Babu launched the book "To Kill Cow Means To End Human Civilization", written by Dr Sahadeva Dasa, in Secunderabad, India today. On the occasion, 4 vice-chancellors of Andhra Pradesh universities were present. Minister spoke on the need for more information and awareness on cow science of ancient India and congratulated Dr Dasa for his work in this field. State and national media covered the event.
  • Professor Teaches Cow Protection

    Sankar Sastri admits that his first few months of retirement were a shock. After 28 years as a professor of metallurgy and then acting dean at the New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn, Sastri had moved to a 42-acre property outside Bangor and begun what he called the Lakshmi Cow Sanctuary.

  • Food, Faith, & Farming: New Vrindaban Takes the Lead

    To the delight of many devotees living in rural ISKCON communities, the GBC (ISKCON’s administrative authority) recently set guidelines instructing all GBC members to spend 10% of their time boosting farm projects.

    Do any GBCs really spend 10% of their time promoting rural projects? Are the guidelines making any measurable change?

  • New Farm Complex on Show at Bhaktivedanta Manor

    A new environmentally-friendly farm complex will be the star attraction in Aldenham next weekend for a celebration of the Hindu festival of Janmashtami. More than 65,000 people are expected to visit Bhaktivedanta Manor in Hilfield Avenue to celebrate the birth of the Hindu god Lord Krishna.

  • This Farm is Dedicated to Happy Cows, Not Happy Meals
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- On farms across West Virginia, 204,000 beef cattle now await slaughter. But at the International Society for Cow Protection's 168-acre hillside farm in Marshall County, cattle are treated far differently from those that are headed to slaughterhouses and onto plates.
  • How is Ghee Being Adulterated?

    (Bihar, India) Some years ago it was discovered that owners of Vanaspathi oils were putting cow and pig lard into the oil. There was a furor which died down after a few months and no one knows till today what happened to the Jains who owned the enterprise – but I have little doubt that they got off and a few bureaucrats and policemen are richer.

  • India to Boost Beef Production

    Indian beef production is predicted to increase by 5% in 2009. This is reported to be due to strong export demand and rising domestic consumption (ZMP and Brazilian Meat Monitor). According to reports, production of mainly buffalo meat is set to rise to approximately 2.7 million tonnes. Around a third of production (850,000 tonnes) is predicted to be exported, mainly to South East Asia and the Gulf states.

  • The Social Role of Cows
    Throughout history many traditional societies have centered on a particular animal, and the relations the people develop with that animal influence the values of the whole society. We think of the role of buffalo in shaping the lives and values of the Native Americans of the Plains. Similarly, we think of the Laplanders and their reindeer, or even the New England whaling villagers and the whales.
  • Paying a Price for Loving Red Meat

    There was a time when red meat was a luxury for ordinary Americans, or was at least something special: cooking a roast for Sunday dinner, ordering a steak at a restaurant. Not anymore. Meat consumption has more than doubled in the United States in the last 50 years. Now a new study of more than 500,000 Americans has provided the best evidence yet that our affinity for red meat has exacted a hefty price on our health and limited our longevity.

  • Fire Ravages Polish ISKCON Farm Community
    Poland, Czarnow – It was 10:30pm on Friday April 17. Prema Bhakti Dasa, his wife Mayamari Dasi, and their two young sons were returning to their home at ISKCON’s New Shantipur farm after a spiritual get-together in the city. Home was a flat above the barn where Prema Bhakti and his family cared for the community’s cows full-time. And as their car neared it, they saw huge flames leaping from it, angry and orange in the night.
  • Vrindavana Cows Kidnapped by Armed Thieves

    Subhangi Devi Dasi lives in Vrindavan, India. Recently she was awoken early in the morning to witness a site none of us would even dream could be happening. Krishna’s cows are being violently kidnapped in the night. It is believed the cows are killed and sold for their flesh and leather products.

    “I was sleeping,” Subhangi Devi Dasi says. “At 2.00 am I hear cows crying, people screaming and yelling. I run out to my balcony and see a truck backing away and cows franticly running in all directions down the lanes, all crying. I have never seen that in Vrindavan.”

  • Finding Ways to Support Cow Protection
    A report by the European Environment Agency reveals that for the first time in human history more people are living in towns and cities than in rural areas. Europe is one of the most urbanised regions, with around 75% of its population living in urban areas. This phenomenon is being mirrored around the world.
  • ISKCON Mayapur 'Goshalla' Treats Cows Kindly
    At the ISKCON center in Mayapur they treat cows kindly. It’s true for most of India, to be sure, but the Krishna Devotees have created an Old Cows Home that really does it right. I took walks there in the mornings while in India for the URI Global Assembly. The story goes like this: in West Bengal, if a cow gets old and stops giving milk, it’s hard on the farmer’s pocketbook to keep feeding her/him/it. But in India people rarely kill cows so what to do?
  • Violence Over Cow Slaughter, 2 Cops Injured

    New Delhi (PTI): Two police officers were injured when a group of people, protesting after discovery of a cow carcasses in their village, pelted stones on police personnel in south Delhi on Saturday. Residents of Dera village in Mehrauli informed police around 6.30 AM that their cows were found slaughtered in the nearby jungle and claimed that their remains were thrown in the village.

  • From Tons of Manure, a Growth Industry
    IN almost-spring, as itchy gardeners drag out grow lights and seed-starting flats, it seems a fitting moment to trace the germ of a new and very green gardening idea. It first took root beside a reeking, unspeakable lagoon in the northwest corner of Connecticut and is blossoming sweetly nationwide. Kindly summon a gardener’s tolerance for earthy subject matter as this gritty tale unfolds
  • Unholy Row Ends with the Birth of a Sacred Calf

    Monks and farmers celebrate arrival of cow destined for life at new Hare Krishna eco-farm. The birth of a calf on a farm near Watford would not normally cause tears of joy among onlookers. But Gangotri, a female calf, might have been in danger of drowning in the celebratory deluge from farmers and monks when she was born on Friday after a two-hour labor.

  • Study Shows Happy Cows Produce More Milk
    Happy cows produce more milk, according to researchers at Newcastle University. Cattle that are named and treated with a "more personal touch" can increase milk yields by up to 500 pints a year. The study, by the university's School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, involved 516 farmers across the UK.
  • Monks Pledge Lush Life for 'The Paris Hilton of Cows'
    Munching contentedly on a carrot and surrounded by besotted admirers, two-year-old Aditi may be one of Britain's luckiest cows. A fortnight ago, she was just another ordinary member of the bovine family, facing a life of servitude on a dairy farm, or worse, heading towards the abattoir.
  • ISKCON Cow Protection Director Suffers Heart Attack

    Balabhadra Dasa, co-managing director of ISCOWP (International Society for Cow Protection) along with his wife Chayadevi, is currently in a stable condition at home after suffering an unexpected heart-attack.

  • England's RSPCA Apologizes and Gives Cow to ISKCON Temple
    This Sunday December 14th marks the one year anniversary of the killing of the cow Gangotri by officers of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) at ISKCON's Bhaktivedanta Manor Krishna Temple in Hertfordshire, England. A year ago on 13th December 2007 officers of the RSPCA came on to the sacred 78 acre estate of the Krishna Temple and Gangotri was killed by lethal injection.
  • Ethical Milk Drinkers Create Cow-sharing Co-ops
    Lovers of raw milk, ethical animal treatment and sustainable local industry are coming together to build on a concept called Herdshare. A herdshare is a co-operative of people who buy a herd of cows and then pay a manager to care for, board and milk their cows. In return, the cow share owners pick up their fresh dairy produce from their local farmers markets, for free.
  • “Bale Out” ISKCON Alachua’s Cows This Winter

    Donors from India, England, and across the US have pitched in to “bale” ISKCON Alachua’s Save the Cow program out of the red this winter.

  • Manor's Cow Carnival Thrills Crowds

    A celebration of all things bovine is underway as part of Britain's first ever cow carnival. The event, organised to celebrate the cow and everything associated with the animal, is being held at Bhaktivedanta Manor, in Letchmore Heath, this afternoon.

  • Raw Milk: Panacea or Poison?

    Rick and Julie Vreeland opened Freedom Hill Farm last year as a place for kids, but quickly found themselves fielding an unexpected request: The people who came wanted to buy raw milk.

    In August 2007 the Vreelands began selling raw milk. In that first month they sold 13 gallons of it; last month, they sold more than a thousand.

  • ISKCON Youth Visit 165-acre Cow Sanctuary
    The Krishna Culture Festival Tour, a bus tour for ISKCON youth, travels around the US every summer, helping to set up Festival of India shows and putting on their own shows in theatres and college auditoriums. This year they were in for a special treat, as they stopped in at ISCOWP (The International Society for Cow Protection) in New Vrindaban, West Virginia on June 30th.
  • Holy Cowmobile! Spreading A Pro-Cow Message
    “We want the Cowmobile to become a recognizable brand image for cow protection everywhere,” says Tapan Mishra, a long-time craftsman who co-authored the 1973 book “How to Build a Ratha-Yatra Cart” with Jayananda Dasa. “It will share the benefits of Mother Cow and leave a soft spot in the hearts of adults and children alike."
  • How Cow Dung Saved the Children of Miwani
    I was invited to travel to Kisumu on the shores of Lake Victoria, very far from the Kenyan coast on the Indian Ocean. Kisumu was from all the accounts I had heard a pretty disagreeable place. In the early years, I had read in advance of my journey, that apart from the endemic sleeping sickness, bilharzia, malaria and the nasty malarial complication known as "blackwater fever", the climate was sweltering and municipal hygiene primitive.
  • Udderly Amazing Cow Gives Milk Without Assistance
    A cow in India has amazed dairy farmers by releasing milk completely unaided. Radha is such a clever cow she can milk herself. No one knows of any scientific reason for this. All the other cows on the farm in India's Dahod district receive the same food, but Radha proudly proves she can fill a bucket unaided.
  • New Congo Community Grows Own Food, Saves Millions
    The Democratic Republic of Congo's new Varnashrama community appears to be going against the global trend of rapidly increasing food prices. As a UN aid official recently commented to global news agency AFP, "The Philippines may end up having to feed people to save them going hungry as the market price of rice soars out of reach of ordinary households."
  • New Talavana's New Calf Born Backwards
    Devotees at New Talavana, ISKCON’s 1300 acre farm in Mississippi, mourned the loss of their veteran bull Bala late last year. But the evening of February 17, 2008 was a joyous one, as they welcomed a new life to replace him. Little Shivani was born to the milk cow Chandravali, with a unique complication that only occurs in 5 per cent of all births: she emerged backwards.
  • Gangotri's Ashes Placed in Ganga and Yamuna

    After a five hour drive from Delhi we arrived at the Patajali Yoga Pith Guest House in Haridwar where we were kindly received and rested for the night. The ancient town of Haridwar at the foot of the Himalayas is considered to be the gateway to the heavens.

  • ‘Bhumi Puja’ Ceremony Charms UK Hindu Community
    Digitaries travelled from all over the country to take part in Bhaktivedanta Manor’s ‘Bhumi Puja’ ceremony on Sunday 3rd February. The ground-breaking ceremony included chanting of 10,000 year old Sanskrit prayers, ancient costumes, traditional dances, and devotional singing to the accompaniment of Indian drums and cymbals.
  • Work Starts on Europe’s Largest Cow Protection Farm
    Bhaktivedanta Manor, the temple where the RSPCA killed Gangotri the sacred cow and sparked outrage amongst British Hindus, will open Europe’s largest centre for cow protection and organic lifestyles. On Sunday 3rd February 2008, Hindu leaders, politicians and supporters from across Britain will join priests in orange and white robes in a colourful ceremony to sanctify the ground where a new farm building will be constructed in memory of Gangotri.
  • Cow Manure Might be Key to Kicking Cancer

    Farmers can breathe easy after scientists discovered that working with manure can drastically reduce chances of developing lung cancer. New Scientist magazine reported dairy farmers were five times less likely than the general population to develop the disease.

  • ISKCON New Talavan's Cow Mela 2007

    Mississippi, USA – ISKCON’s New Talavan farm recently mourned the loss of one of their oldest friends, the bull Bala. Srila Prabhupada visited the 1300 acre farm once in 1975, inspiring the devotees there to take up cow protection. Since then, the community has acquired over 100 cattle, and its always hard to see one of them go.

  • Caring for Cows in Vrindavan
    Cow protection has become a personal love affair to millions of people around the world. In Vrindavan India, Kurma-rupa Dasa has become increasingly involved in protecting defenceless and abandoned cows, traditionally considered a symbol of religion.
  • Cow Manure Turned To Electricity At Organic Farm
    PETALUMA, Sep. 25, 2007 (BCN) - Manure from 240 cows at an organic Petaluma, California dairy farm is being converted into renewable electricity.
  • A Man, An Ox, Caught Up in An 'Evil System'

    A 20-year-old ox on the farm, named Bala, was nearing the end of his natural life span and had become incapacitated. The usual procedure in such situations, which happen regularly on ISKCON farms all over the world, is to make the animal as comfortable as possible by supplying food, water, shelter, and pain medication when necessary, until death occurs of its own accord. IKSCON community members, including children and others who are well-known to the cow or ox, attend to the dying creature, chanting and praying and stroking it lovingly, until it draws its last breath. This practice is rooted in their theology, which honors the sanctity of all life, even that of an individual ox.