Abundant Summer

Click the video or link to view the latest ISCOWP video, “Ox Loves Kisses.”

Priyavrata, the ox who is king of the herd, loves the kisses Nara, an ox under Priya’s command, respectively gives him. Although Nara may have ambitions to be king of the herd he knows how to placate and please Priyavrata with kisses. Watch as Priyavrata graciously and with obvious pleasure loves Nara’s kisses. Priyavrata the ox loves the kisses Nara gives him because kisses, also known as licks, are a known way cows express their affection for one another.


Keshav is coming to help and learn about cows. Here he meets Devakinandana.

We are expanding our opportunities for visiting and live-in volunteers. ISCOWP has purchased two tiny houses and has just acquired the sewer permit for them. We will be updating everyone on our progress in developing the tiny houses, one is new and the other needs a little fixing and painting. We plan to landscape the tiny house area to provide an attractive environment for anyone who stays there.

Tiny house environment for volunteers.

About Cows

Sufficient rain provides sufficient grass for the cows to eat. Grazing abundant grass and foliage is one of the greatest joys of cows. The weather here has been hotter than it has been in decades but we have been fortunate that plentiful rain has come. As average temperatures at the Earth’s surface rise (see the U.S. and Global Temperature indicator), more evaporation occurs, which, in turn, increases overall precipitation. Therefore, a warming climate is expected to increase precipitation in many areas. Just as precipitation patterns vary across the world, however, so do the precipitation effects of climate change. By shifting the wind patterns and ocean currents that drive the world’s climate system, climate change will also cause some areas to experience decreased precipitation. In addition, higher temperatures lead to more evaporation, so increased precipitation will not necessarily increase the amount of water available for drinking, irrigation, and industry (see the Drought indicator).

Early morning with the prospect of plenty to eat.
The Egrets at ISCOWP are required to practice social distancing.
They sometimes break that rule while in the pasture with their favorite cow.

About the Milk and/or Dairy Industries

Banned in several European countries, as well as three US states, and opposed and criticized by the American Veterinary Medical Association, Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, experts, scientists, and representatives of industry, tail docking of cows in the dairy industry—the partial amputation of up to two-thirds of the tail, typically performed without anesthetic—is still permitted in most of the United States (article written in 2012). Scientific studies have shown the practice to cause serious welfare problems for animals, including distress, pain, and increased fly attacks. Welfare Issues with Tail Docking of Cows in the Dairy Industry

Madhavi was rescued from a dairy in 2011 where her tail was cut off. 

Tail docking was scheduled to be phased out in the U.S. during 2022, over a 10-year period beginning in 2012. The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) board of directors voted in the fall of 2015 to expedite the banning of tail docking to be effective Jan. 1, 2017. Utah State Dairy Vet Newsletter Mar 2016

ISCOWP members rescued Kalindi Vijaya in 2015, Vegan Indira in 2013, Madhavi in 2011. All of them came to us with their tails cut off. We heartfully pray that this practice is truly stopped as it has been reported many dairy farmers were opposed to stopping the practice.



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