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Dear Friends and Supporters,

The Ahimsa family have been busy recently looking after the cows and running stalls at various open days and festivals. The latest event was at Spitalfields City Farm, in London where our young bulls Harry and Henry are currently staying. The boys were in fine fettle and were clearly enjoying meeting the locals – people as well as goats, donkeys and pigs. Do drop in and see them if you are in the area. In Leicester our new farm manager is settling in and we hope to have another open day there sometime in October.

The Ahimsa Team


Ahimsa & Selected News

   

Serenading Cows

Very funny … check out this video on Youtube … watch the horizon!

 

Sign Petition

The Green Party calling on members and supporters to sign petition. Routine feeding of antibiotics to keep animals alive in inhumane conditions one of the greatest scandals of our time … info and petition here

 

Organic IS different

Government needs to support organic food says Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall … read article here


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Dear Friends and Supporters,


Jesica Lewitt & Nitai

After a brief lull in our efforts to raise funds for the New Revolutionary Dairy, we are beginning a fresh drive – there is still much to do as we are presently just under the £20,000 mark (less than we would have liked!).

Jesica Lewitt, a London artist inspired by our work, had the idea of hosting an exhibition to raise funds. Here she is making sketches of one of our boys. If you have an innovative idea to help raise funds, please do let us know.

Thank you once again to all those who have come forward to support us.

Our new farm manager/ ox-driver has now arrived and we will soon begin training our oxen, read more about him below. We have also had very positive coverage on BBC East Midlands News, which has also generated much local interest.

The Ahimsa Team


Ahimsa & Selected News

   

Expert ox-driver from Hungary joins the Ahimsa herd

The Ahimsa Dairy is delighted to welcome our new farm manager Govindananda Das, a European expert in working with bulls … (continued below)

 

Ahimsa Cows on BBC Leicester News

"It’s the ultimate retirement home for cows … "

View video of last month’s news feature here

 

The Ultimate Cup of Coffee

… of course the ultimate cup of coffee is going to need the ultimate (holiest) milk … watch this fun 3 minute video here


Expert ox-driver from Hungary joins the Ahimsa herd

The Ahimsa Dairy is delighted to welcome our new farm manager Govindananda Das, a European expert in working with bulls

Govinda, aged 39, worked on a large ox-working farm in Hungary for 15 years where he trained countless long-horned Hungarian Grey and Tirolean bulls to do agricultural jobs.

He is also experienced in hand-milking, and will be using his skills on the Ahimsa cows as we move from using machinery to traditional methods.

Govinda will be based at our farm in Leicester and his first task will be to get our older boys, who have been enjoying a life of leisure, to go to work.

They will be yoked together in pairs, trained to respond to basic commands and begin to do agricultural jobs around the farm such as ploughing.

Govinda, who is married, with two young sons, says to do this work is in ‘his nature,’ although he notes his grandfather was an ambassador and the rest of his family are computer technicians from the city.


Govindananda Das

He said:

“I am very much looking forward to the challenge of working with the cows and bulls at the Ahimsa Dairy. This is a unique project for the UK and I was pleased to be asked to come and help it develop.

I have been assessing the oxen to look at their strengths, such as their legs and am keen to start introducing them to the idea of work. Some might be quite quick to train, but some of the others could be a bit resistant just like humans really.

I love this work. It is in my nature.”

Ahimsa Director, Sanjay Tanna said :

“We are absolutely delighted that Govinda has joined our revolutionary dairy and is already getting to know the herd. It is fantastic that we have got someone with his talent on board.”

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Dear Friends,


Seymour having fun time

Spring is here and our cows are happy to be out again. We soon hope to have footage of our cows at Commonwork clambering onto fields in fits of joy, back onto fresh grass after several months staying indoors because of very wet weather. Some of our Leicester herd have had it better, taking advantage of sunny days meandering down to the lake for water or having a fun time butting into hay bales with their horns – as is clearly evident with Seymour, captured in action a few weeks ago!

The Ahimsa Team


Ethical Farming In The News

   

Ahimsa Farm Cheese … pre-order our first ever semi hard cheese!

After several failed attempts over the last year and a half, we are happy to announce the launch of our first slaughter-free hard cheese with the help of Phil Wilton of Wildes Cheese in London. It is a semi hard Cheshire-like cheese, good for cooking or nice with crackers after dinner.

The first of its kind, it will initially be available at from £7.50 + p&p for 165g

Click here to pre-order for delivery for the end of April.

 

The animal welfare and antitrust issues behind America’s cheap meat

An unlikely alliance is taking action against the country’s powerful meat industry and the federal policies that support them … read more

 

 

Happy cows for climate smart agriculture

The world’s livestock population is often seen as major contributor to our global C02 problem, but could sustainable agriculture have the potential to alleviate the devastating impacts of climate change? … read more

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Dear Friends,

In January the Ahimsa Team attended the Oxford Real Farming Conference. The conference was hosted by Colin Tudge and Grahame Harvey, and focused on farming based on ecological principles, taking account of the interdependence of all living things. It took a hard look at the real costs to the planet and environment resulting from ever increasing chemical inputs and unnecessary exploitation of natural resources. A vibrant and inspiring gathering of small farmers, community groups and campaigners shared insights in creating a truly low impact system. We all found it an inspiring event!read our related blog ‘The future is Agro-Ecology’ here.

Slaughter-free milk now available in the USA!
USA’s first organic certified slaughter-free dairy has opened up in Port Royal, Pennsylvania. The 350 acre Gita Nagari Yoga Farm (run by the Hare Krishna community) runs a CSA community supported agriculture scheme, providing both dairy and vegetables to cities on the East Coast.

Click here to get more details of their scheme to protect cows

The Ahimsa Team


Ethical Farming In The News

   

Defending people’s milk in India

A vibrant network of small producers and milk co-operatives is threatened by free trade agreements and liberalized investment policies … read more

 

Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat

Every January in Berlin, thousands march against the agro-industry under the banner "Wir haben es satt!" ("We are fed up!") … read more

 

 

Revealed: the chemical blitz of pesticides in our fields

An ordinary arable field in Sussex is sprayed with pesticides 22 times over a single growing season. Dave Goulson wonders how the bees can survive this toxic onslaught – and exactly who benefits … read more

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Dear Friends,


Sunset at Leicester Sanctuary – Dec13

As we come to the end of another year, we thought it would be nice to give you an insight into the story of our happy cows …

Ahimsa: Overview & Achievements for 2013

  • February – confirmed 52 acre site in Groby, Leicestershire at peppercorn rent for 3 years
  • March – Gopi (9 years old) swims 2.5 km for Ahimsa cows
  • April – Due to ill health, Iris is retired to Hugletts Wood Sanctuary in East Sussex
  • June – our cows from Wales all arrived onto new land for Sanctuary – conducted a blessing ceremony
  • July – Seymour finally clear of ringworm and ready to go to Spitalfields City Farm – one of two London city farms that have adopted a non-slaughter policy
  • Summer – many volunteers give a helping hand at the Ahimsa Sanctuary in Leicester into a new home for our cows
  • September – Jude (8 years old) cycles 62 miles for Ahimsa cows
    · Bluebell (in May) and Cowslip (in September) join the milking herd
  • Autumn – new calves Harry, Henry and Dunstan are born
  • November – Champa retired to Leicester Sanctuary
  • December – winter barns put up at Leicester Sanctuary
  • Dharma and Gautam being prepared to go off to bull training school in the New Year

We would like to say a special THANK YOU to all of our volunteers both in the London area at events and those up in Leicester at the new Sanctuary, you have all been doing fantastic work.

We would like to say a THANK YOU to all of our sponsors, supporters and customers; we couldn’t do it without you.

Although a zero grazing dairy farm got the Government go-ahead in Wales, we still think that zero grazing is a crime…We will never kill a cow.

We have great plans for our Leicester experiment next year, when we start to look for low impact solutions to ox/bull welfare. This year has been a year of setting the foundations in place, next year we hope to have our first full crop of vegetables grown from our Ahimsa non-violent approach.

It has been a busy year, we will rest over the Christmas break and be back in the New Year rejuvenated, ready to do some amazing things.

Please click here to get an overview of the Ahimsa herd to date (link goes to PDF document)

The Ahimsa Team

   

Very sad to loose Bhima

Bhima, the son of Darlia was barely a month old when he caught a flu bug going through the herd at Commonwork. Though he received treatment and extra care and attention , he wasn’t able to pull through. He passed away a few days before Christmas.

A friend commented that he has now crossed over the rainbow bridge …

The other three boys are doing well.

 

Mama: The life of Draupadi at our Leicester Sanctuary

View our Youtube Video here

 

 

Overview of Herd

The Ahimsa Dairy Foundation has nine milking cows in Kent, and now we also have nine non-milking cows and calves in beautiful surroundings at our sanctuary in Groby, Leicester.

View full PDF report here …

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Gautam in celebration mode!

 

 

 

Dear Friends,

Apologies for the long quiet over the past few months. To make up, here are an array of interesting articles and updates:

This Christmas the Ahimsa Dairy wanted to offer something really special for our customers and friends around Britain. So after consulting our cows we have come up with what we all think is a really moovallous idea – an Ahimsa Christmas Special … see below

Several new calves were born recently – Harry, Henry and another one arrived just days ago, yet to be named. Rather than spending on traditional seasonal luxuries, you may wish to consider our new Gift of Sponsorship for a child, a loved one or someone who may appreciate something more meaningful this Christmas.

Follow Jude’s successful 62 mile cycle ride from Oxford to London – follow the link below.

Best wishes for a Compassionate Christmas.

The Ahimsa Team

   

Ahimsa Christmas Basket

A small bottle of milk, Halloumi (240g), cream cheese (240g), and a box of luxury Ahimsa truffles (rtisan handmade chocolates made with the finest fair trade organic ingredients) delivered by post on Thursday 19th December.

Price: £24 plus p&p (p&p= £8.50 for an insulated envelope, coolant and postage)

Pre-order online now here

 

Gift of Sponsorship

Make a Gift of Cow Sponsorship for a child, a loved one, or someone who may appreciate something more meaningful this Christmas.

Sponsorship pack includes certificate, stickers, fridge magnet and more …

Details here …

N.B. To ensure delivery of a Ahimsa Gift Sponsorship package before Christmas 2013, orders must be placed no later than Wednesday 18th December 2013.

 

Prince Charles Backs Farmers In Country Life

A month after he took on the banks, the Prince of Wales has spoken out against the big retailers and expressed his fears for the farming community who supply them …

Read more …


   

Jude – Champion of Cows

8 year old Jude cycled 62 miles from Oxford to London for the Ahimsa Dairy Foundation, promoting cruelty-free milk production …

Youtube video here …

 

Seymour at Spitalfields City Farm

Seymour is a bull who was born on 13th December 2012. He is Tilly’s son and it virtually all black apart from a little white tuft on his head and on his underbelly. He is very shy, but also very handsome. …

Read more …

 

Peak Soil: act now or the very ground beneath us will die

We are destroying soils worldwide ten times faster than nature can restore them. …

Read more …

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September Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Our 8 London Bridges Cow Challenge 2013 which was postponed in May is now going ahead in two weeks time on Sunday 22nd September. Whether you choose to walk, run or cycle, please come and join us, we will be starting on the South Bank at Tower Bridge as of 11am. Full details can be found here.

8yr old Jude (right) loves to ride his bike and he is getting ready for his biggest ride yet… 50 miles by bike from the fields of rural Oxfordshire to the London Eye.

He’s determined to raise as much money as he can for a very special cause. Please encourage and support him:

http://www.justgiving.com/Ahimsa

The Ahimsa Team


Other News

   

Stop the badger Cull!

Following years of contentious debate, the Westminster Government has now gone ahead with a pilot badger cull in two areas of England. As culling cannot be selective many perfectly healthy badgers will be slaughtered as ‘collateral damage’ in fact, as many as 6 out of 7 badgers killed could be bTB free … [continued below]

 

How to green the world’s deserts and reverse climate change

‘Desertification’ is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert," begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And terrifyingly, it’s happening to about two-thirds of the world’s grasslands …

Watch on Youtube …

 

Powys ‘mega dairy’: Welsh government misses deadline

The deadline on whether to give the go ahead for a major expansion of a dairy next to a village primary school has passed without a decision being made …

Read more …


[continued from above]
Scientific consensus does not support a cull of badgers. More than 30 of the top animal disease experts describe the cull as a "costly distraction" that risks making the problem of tuberculosis in cattle worse and that will cost far more than it saves.

The proposals are part of a package of measures aimed at controlling bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in cattle. The RSPCA believes that vaccination, increased levels of testing and improved biosecurity are more effective ways of dealing with the problem in the long term and eradicating bovine TB in cattle for good. Download our report ‘Backing Badgers: Why the cull will fail’ for more information about the flawed scientific arguments used to justify this reckless cull.

Mythbusters report launched

A Team Badger report ‘Backing Badgers: Why the cull will fail’ refutes the top 10 arguments to support the cull of badgers and debunks some of the myths being used to justify the ‘mindless’ cull of badgers.

www.rspca.org.uk/ImageLocator/LocateAsset?asset=document&assetId=1232733074865&mode=prd

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