3000 YEARS VEDIC VASTU SCIENCE & ART FOR DAIRY FARM SHED DESIGN By
Vedic Knowledge Council
For Organic Dairy farming
Many times Pregnant Cow faces lot of Health Problems? Many times Pregnant Cows experience uncomfort & stress during calving? Many times Cow does not feed the newly born calf? Many times it is observed, cow does not accept the calf?
Most of the dairy farm shed designs do not give Special consideration to pregnant cows, Calving comfort & healthy emotional relationship of Cow & Calf.
Today, before we start our conversation, want to sensitise myself &all involved in cow care/dairy practice to ‘PAUSE’ for a second, think & feel the LIFE OF COW. After many thoughts, my personal view is Humans Live ‘One life at a time’. Whereas cow, I personally feel lives ‘Multiple lives in ONE LIFE- Multiple Jeevan chakra’. Though it is natural, just imagine, almost every year giving birth to a calf, going through the cycle of giving birth, giving milk etc., it is a never-ending cycle of giving by dear cow.
MOTHER OF ALL – COW!
Cow’s generous & kind offering, the ‘Nectar of Life-Milk’, has been nurturing the entire human race for ages. Krishna with his Leela of innocent love & affection had mastered the science & art of Cow care. If one looks at millions of pictures of Krishna with his beloved cows, one sees bliss, happiness & comfort in the cows.
Unfortunately, humans today consider our self to be MORE IMPORTANT & INTELLIGENT than the ‘Maha-Bhuta; Five elements governing the Universe; Earth/Fire/Air/Water/Ether’.
As stated in ||Bhagavad- Gita||, because of our ‘tamasa-buddhi’, intelligence in ignorance, false ego, greed have interfered with the simple art & science of cow care, made it complicated, expensive, un-natural to cow. Today pregnant cows face many challenges & stress all through the entire cycle, especially during calving & after birth. Wish we live our ‘tamasa–buddhi’ & make our humble submission to the law of nature & sincerely try our best for the welfare of cows which has given so much to mankind.
‘ONE STANDARD DAIRY FARM SHED MODEL IS PRACTISED for all cows be it Milking cow /Dry cow /Pregnant cow/Last trimester cow /Calf/Heifer’.
This approach has limitations & shortfalls. Because a Pregnant cow needs a ‘Simple yet Special Care’. A more comfortable & caring design of cattle shed to be considered for pregnant cows/calving/cow-calf togetherness. Golden rule is; only when the cow enjoys comfort, cow is more productive & dairy farm shall be prosperous.
It is very important for the dairy practitioners/new dairy farm shed designs to accommodate SIMPLE – LOW COST – EASY TO PRACTISE – COMFORTABLE – CATTLE SHED CONSTRUCTION for the pregnant cows.
It is important to value the BASIC LAW OF NATURE, let’s use the ancient wisdom VASTUSHASTRA to the best of our ability, understanding & knowledge for the welfare of pregnant cow.
Let’s give some BASIC COMFORT & HAPPINESS TO COW!
SAPT SUKH DAIRY FARM SHED DESIGN
KL ||Gua Vastu Shastra||™ prescribes 7 Golden Guidelines to ensure SAPT SUKH – 7 BASIC COMFORTS to be provided to pregnant cows/for calving/ supporting cow-calf relationship.
Firstly, in the NORTH-WEST area of your farmland/Cow shed identify a suitable ‘SOUTH-WEST PORTION’.
Secondly, create a separate low-cost cowshed for pregnant cows in the identified area.
Thirdly, the cowshed should contain space for both cow & calf in close proximity so that they can enjoy the company of each other.
Fourthly, cow should face east/north. Calf to face north/west.
7 VASTU TIPS for Cow & Calf
1. Vastu for cowshed design for Pancha Bhootha Harmony – पञ्चभूत – सुख
The cattle shed should utilise the five cosmic elements smartly which is freely available as per law of nature.
Prithvi (पृथ्वी / Earth)
Sufficient comfortable earth-space to be given for lying down/standing/ to exhibit & enjoy basic animal behaviour. Currently, many pregnant cows close to the calving stage are kept among the general cow herd with less movement space, which causes lot of stress among cows. Give ample space for pregnant cows to feel comfortable & be more productive.
Pregnant cow [all cows] should have 24 hr –ALL TIME access to Clean Drinking Water. It is observed in many dairy farms Water is available only during specific time or water feeding place being far away. Cow’s being tied cannot move & drink. Many times the water is smelly, unhygienic that cows hesitate to drink water.
Basic comfort for freedom to Drink clean Hygienic water to be ensured.
Vedic wisdom, Vastu Shastra believes ‘EARLY MORNING SUNRAYS PROMOTE COW GROWTH- HEALTH’; so it is important to ensure cows get adequate warmth through soft morning sun rays & proper shading during scorching sunlight.
It is currently observed many cowsheds are so dark, cows become depressed, stressed, lazy & unproductive. Dark cowsheds invite lot of insects/breeding place for infection/health problems.
Ventilation & quality air is very important; proper cross-circulation of air to be ensured so that cows enjoy the pleasant air. Cooling wind flow is very important for cow comfort. Currently, it is observed many cowsheds lack proper wind-flow which holds the stale air, smelly, unhealthy for cows.
It is important to keep 3 sides Open for proper ventilation & wind flow.
Desi pregnant Cows on an avg., weigh from 350+kg, need proper space; place should not be cramped with lot of farm equipment’s/other goods kept around the cow.
Space around the pregnant cow should be free, uncluttered.
A proper cow house design should harmonise & utilise the natures gifted five elements/panch mahabhuta available freely to provide comfort, growth & happiness to cows & their caretakers. This helps cows enjoy well being naturally. Helps cow caretakers in easy maintenance, low cost & experience success.
2. Vastu cow shed design to support COW MATERNAL FEELINGS
||Gau Bhavna Sutra||™
Cows exhibit MATERNAL – MOTHERLY EMOTIONAL FEELINGS similar to humans.
Vastu fundamental philosophy is ‘ONLY WHEN ALL THE LIVING ENTITIES IN THE PLACE ARE CARED, RESPECTED & THEIR EMOTIONS VALUED; ONLY THEN THE PLACE IS CONSIDERED TO BE HAVING FAVOURABLE VASTU’.
Accordingly, KL Vastu Shastra has created with years of research, 5 MODEL DESIGNS so that Cows & calves are in close proximity, both enjoy emotional well being, feel stress-free which is important for their health, growth & productivity.
KL with years of research on cow maternal behavioural science, observing various cow-calf emotional expressions/ postures/body languages/the unspoken body signal/Phonetic gestures cows make which exhibit their comfort/discomfort /Happy-Unhappy state, has formulated an exclusive design for Cow-Calf cowshed design.
Cowshed design should:
Allow Closeness of Cow & Calf
Allow for maternal caring; licking, cuddling, togetherness bonding
Allow calf to pick up maternal traits & healthy behaviour for its existence in the herd
Allow calf to suck milk as & when it requires which is very critical for calf growth & mother cow health.
KL ||Gau Bhavna Sutra||™ believes that cow & calf proximity helps in promoting HAPPY HORMONES- OXYTOCIN which is important for milk production. A clear defined practice shall ensure proper calf milk feeding & milking for human consumption without affecting the calf care. This subject shall be discussed in a separate article.
3. Vastu dairy farm Design for Comfortable cowshed Flooring & Bedding
||Bhoomi Sparsh||™ For pregnant cows, it is all the more important for flooring & bedding to be:
BEST LOW-COST COW SHED FLOORING!
Natural mother earthy ground is better than the CEMENT SLIPPERY surface. Sand Bed is also a very low cost, easy to maintain, healthy option for flooring & bedding.
4. Vastu cattle shed design to support Pregnant cow – Social well being
Cow is a social animal; it is important to ensure the pregnant cows are clubbed along with their likeable friend herds for social well being & emotional comfort. Complete Isolation is not welcome.
Cowshed design housing to ensure in the special pregnant cowshed cows of likeable relationship are next to each other to reduce stress. As in humans, even cows do prefer to keep company with selective members & avoid certain members.
5. Vastu design to support Climatic Conditions ||Ritucharya|| & also be friendly for daily routine practice ||Dinacharya||
Cowshed design should support the Local place climatic conditions & offer comfort to cows. Vedic dinacharya which define daily routine practice helps in maintaining Hygienic, healthy & comfortable housing. Accordingly, housing design should support the dinacharya practice in an easy way.
Smooth surface of feed lot & water lot helps in easy cleaning & maintenance
Feeding trough & water trough designed next to each other is highly comfortable for the pregnant cows. The water level can be maintained by the simple old practice of water tank direct connection with water ball lever.
Properly designed duct outflow for cow dung/urine is very important to keep the place healthy & hygienic-infection free.
Ritucharya, each Ritu-season comes with its own demands, like in places with extreme winter & hot summer; pregnant cows need housing facility that takes care of the vagaries of the season.
A proper housing design should take into consideration the various challenges like heavy rain, wind, fire, extremely hot & cold, safety etc. The design should ensure preventive steps to take care of pregnant cows & the caretakers also.
Pregnant Cows – Calves are more sensitive to heat stress.
A proper shade is very critical for their health & comfort.
Considering most of the Indian locations have extreme summer, it becomes important to manage heat stress. Heat stress has been scientifically proven to cause lot of health problems to pregnant cows-calves & thereby financial loss to dairy:
Pregnant cows & calves under stress would require more frequent medical services
Believed to lower calf birth weight
Reduces the fat % & milk productivity very crucial for calf feeding & dairy sustenance
Shade creepers & climbers; Act as COWSHED ROOFING COOLERS
Consider as per your local climatic favourable condition, climbers which provide good shade cover to your shed roofing.
Install simple water jet sprinklers on the rooftop connected to water tank, easy to operate on regular basis. Using water sprinklers on roof during summer helps in managing the temperature around.
Every cowshed should have COMPULSORY SHADE AREAS- SHADE ZONES by planting trees in the South-west Direction.
Plant beneficial trees like Neem, Amla etc they provide shade, act as wind breakers & keep the surrounding cool.
Plant bamboo trees/shrubs/small plants around the Water pool in the North East corner of the farm plot. Cows would enjoy the poolside shade & relax which is very important for their health.
Similarly, for dairy farms experiencing extreme winter, windbreaks in the form of warm cloth curtains /gunny rug screens & 3 sides closed COW HUT, shall help cows in keeping themselves warm. It is observed extreme winter affects the Colostrum absorption rate in new-born calves. So, it is very important to provide a Warm shelter.
6. Vastu tips to provide Preventive Health Care Feed for pregnant cows KL ||GauSwasthVatika||™
South-West Area: Grow Neem Tree Shade, Amla, Bael tree, Tamarind tree etc. around the shed in the south-west direction. They will provide excellent shade, act as wind breakers & also useful as herbal feed medicine for cow preventive healthcare.
By natural way they would provide the daily dose of preventive health care to the cows & calves. Acts as natural herbal care; de-worming /overall health.
Evening; herbal Insecticide smoke; Regular evening practice; allow the smoke of the burnt raw leaves of Neem inside/around the cowshed. It would help in preventing ticks/fly. Also, application of natural neem oil spray on cows is the best way to prevent ticks/flies. Fix few sprinklers inside the pillars of the cowshed connected to a small homemade Herbal Neem Oil tank easy to operate.
7. Vastu tips for Pregnant Cow care – Pampering Feed ||Annapurna Prasada||™
Pregnant cows like humans, exhibit maternal desires.
A Special pampering ||Annapurna Prasad||™ – Pampering feed Bowl designed in the feeding lot will be EXTREMELY PAMPERING FEEL FOR THE PREGNANT COWS.
A small Pampering Bowl in the feedlot area pre-designed create a HABIT-RITUAL; Every morning & at evening a special pampering feed of small quantity makes the cow feel cared & uplifts its spirit. Make simple home-made pampering feed as per your local practice which should be palatable, light for ex. Boiled rice/Dhalia with small qty of jaggery would make her very happy.
The above 7 tips cover various concepts for you to evaluate for the welfare & happy comfort of pregnant cows & calves.
Let’s take the golden step towards the cow welfare more responsible for a prosperous dairy farming.
Leela of Motherly love… spread the Vedic care for pregnant cows & calves
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||Gau Bhoomi Sparsh|| Addresses the most important Question;
which type of flooring is favourable for:
Cow comfort, Healthy & Accident Free
Easy daily maintenance
Cost effective & long lasting
FLOORING is ONE OF THE MOST CRITICAL YET HIGHLY NEGLECTED AREA WHEN CONSIDERING COW HOUSE CONSTRUCTION.
The kind & type of flooring decides the comfort, Health, Productivity, Cost efficient management which all together influences successful dairy farming.
Wrong flooring has been one of the major reason for the various current challenges faced at dairy; frequent fall-accidents/Injuries to cows due to slippery floors; Foot infections/Hooves damage; Udder infection- mastitis, lameness, standing for long duration due to flooring/bed area being uncomfortable is all due to wrong flooring. Because of the ill-effects of wrong flooring, unhealthy flooring area affects the overall health of the cows; disturbed animal behaviour, pain & stress, health problems leading to reduced lactation & overall lifespan of the cows.
THIS RESULTS IN HUGE ECONOMIC LOSS & FINANCIAL BURDEN AFFECTING PROFITABILITY.
IF YOUR COWS ARE LYING CALMLY ON THE FLOOR BED FOR ALMOST MORE THAN 60% OF THE TIME, THEN ONE CAN CONSIDER THE FLOORING IS COMFORTABLE.
But if you observe them to be standing more often than lying comfortably, then there is problem with flooring & cow house design.
The ROOT CAUSE IS WRONG DESIGN OF COW HOUSE & FLOORING.
VEDIC WISDOM addresses effectively the root cause & suggest simple practises for ensuring cow welfare. As per VEDIC WISDOM Gau Bhoomi Sparsh; Floor should be touched daily by SUN RAYS & enable controlled movement of WIND, proper Ventilation.
Floors should be Dry / Non-slippery, Clean, Healthy,free from infection, comforting so that the HUGE WEIGHING ANIMAL can lye comfortably.
suggests very simple, highly cost effective solutions for cow welfare.
COW HOUSE design
AXIS: COW HOUSE is better suited to be constructed in the NORTH TO SOUTH axis direction, with cows facing EAST direction & the cow’s posterior facing the west direction.
The posterior area of the cow which is usually always wet due to cow dung & urine should have the provision for exposure to sun rays, which naturally keeps the area clean & dry. The Cow Shed Ceiling should have ventilation for sun rays.
The very design of flooring is very critical, should have slight SLOPE with proper drain duct. Slope is one the of the important yet neglected area; Sloping should be very slight /minimum for cows to walk with confidence, stand & sit down comfortably. but sloping should support easy drainage of urine/cow dung into the drain duct.
BEDDING : CRITICAL FACTOR
Concrete Floors/Cemented Slippery floors/Bricks/ are challenging for the cows & the cow caretakers. They lead to accidents, infection etc. Though alternate practise like rubber mats are comfortable for cows, their regular maintenance is a challenge with urine & cow dung seeping beneath them, causing infection & hard task for maintenance for the labour. Also rubber mat is expensive, with regular wear & tear adds to HIGH maintenance cost.
Cow-friendly flooring is Sprinkled SAND BED of few inches 6-8 inches, on the firm natural earth. The earthen area should be firm without too much uneven surfaces. Scientific reason is SAND is INORGANIC by nature; it absorbs the urine & cow dung quickly keeps the floor clean. It provides natural cushion comfort to cow’s knees for cows to relax comfortably. As it is inorganic it does not allow microorganism to grow rapidly. Thereby infection is curtailed. The sand bed needs to be maintained by periodic cycling of sand bed up & down. Also exposing the sand in the open area under the sun periodically helps in recycling the sand into FRESH, HYGIENIC bed for re-use.
Disciplined daily routine practise is very important. Vedic wisdom suggests simple practises which supports cow natural behaviour & easy maintenance for cow caretakers addressing the floor problems.
Cows should be untied most of the times so that they can choose the comfortable flooring area in the cow house for sitting comfortably.
Good Dinacharya practise suggests FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT, keeping cows in open area under shade is the best. When cows sit on clean earthen area with grasses grown its very comfortable to them. Instead of always making them tied in the cow house with the wet cow dung/urine around which is very unhealthy & root-cause of all problems, allowing cows in open area is one of the best way. Washing of cows in the cow house is not a very wise practise.
CORRECTIVE ACTIONS FOR EXISTING COW HOUSE WITH WRONG FLOORINGS:
Allow cows in open as much as possible & Wash cows outside in wash-pool instead of inside the cow house. This shall reduce slippery instances
Evaluate creating cow friendly floor SLOPE/slight sloping to help in draining. Create drain duct.
Evaluate sand bed by sprinkling layers of sand on the existing floor to give the comfort bedding.
Are you thinking of construction of cow-shed design?
COW SHED DESIGN is one of the, KEY FACTOR for DAIRY SUCCESS?
Are you aware; improper cow housing design is the ROOT CAUSE of all Problems & financial challenges?
Before we start the Vedic wisdom journey in understanding some of the good old fundamentals of cow housing design construction, let’s understand the importance of cow housing & ASK THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS?
Is your current cow house or the design you are planning provides cow;
Basic Hygiene & supports its health
Protect them from climatic/seasonal challenges like; hot & cold temperatures, too much scorching sunlight, High humidity, Strong winds & heavy rainfall, safety from disease causing parasites/insects
Does it have proper natural light, ventilation & cow dung/Urine duct
An improper designed/constructed cow housing is the FIRST ROOT CAUSE OF ALL PROBLEMS which creates a chain reaction for all miseries starting from low productivity to health problems to unhygienic maintenance to labour problems to high cost maintenance…. the challenges are endless….
So, it is very important & CRITICAL to think…rethink…. question blind practises… complicated practises …. . Read more to know wisdom for creation of comforting house for cows & prosperity to its caretakers.
|| Vasasthan ||™
Vedic Cow Housing is strongly built on 7 Vedic Pillars, based on Cosmic science, Vastu & Behavioural principles.
What are the 7 VEDIC PILLARS for considering cow housing design ?
Wisdom Pillar #1
Panch Bhoot theory enriched with VASTU SHASTRA
Vedic wisdom considers Panch bhootha / पञ्चभूत, five cosmic elements which is the basis of all physical creations in this world.
Prithvi ( पृथ्वी / Earth)
Jal ( जल / Water)
Agni (अग्नि / Fire)
Vayu ( वायु / Air)
Cowshed should be scientifically planned & constructed effectively based on Vastu shastra principles to gain benefit of panch bhoot like Sufficient Sunlight, Ample Space for cow movement, good airy ventilation etc. Cowshed constructed on vastu shastra science enjoys multi-benefits; Cows are more healthy, stress-free, happy & productive, easy maintenance, labour friendly, low cost practices & prosperity to caretakers.
Simple VEDIC VASTU SCIENCE helps in construction of low-cost, effective & friendly cowshed for cows.
Vastu shastra details covered in KL ||GAU LOK VASTU SHASTRA||™, READ & GAIN… Find solutions to your various problems & challenges!
Wisdom Pillar #2
Gau Bhavna Sutra
Only Happy Cows can be productive & lead to prosperity
It is very important to ensure cowshed design & construction is friendly & supports the natural BEHAVIOUR of cows. Cowshed should allow cows freedom to their natural behaviour. KL stresses gaupalak’s/dairy owners to understand COW EMOTIONS & ITS BEHAVIOUR science.
Various cow behaviours like ; Standing, Feeding,drinking, walking, lying around, perching, running, open grazing, Relaxing, stand-up, move around,sleep, socialize with other members etc needs to be understood so that cowshed design supports their natural behaviour. Cows enjoy cowshed which allows them freedom to their Natural behaviour.
Dinacharya – Ritucharya
As per KL philosophy, Gaushala/Dairy farms should practice DAILY ROUTINE REGULARLY & AS PER SEASON REQUIREMENTS.
Accordingly cowshed design should support the dhinacharya practise in an easy way. Design elements should support important cow behaviour during its daily routine, for ex;
Morning Routine activities
Afternoon Routine Activities
Evening Routine activities
Night Routine Activities
SEASON-WISE Routine activities
Ritucharya, as per vedic principles each ritu, season come with its own demands, like in places with extreme winter & hot summer, cows need housing facility that takes care of the vagaries of the season. A proper housing design should take into consideration the various challenges like heavy rain, wind, fire safety etc, so that the design ensures preventive steps to take care safety of the cows & for caretakers also.
Wisdom Pillar #4
Freedom for cows to enjoy basic needs
The cow housing design should provide cows freedom to experience basic needs, like enjoy food, water as & when they want, Natural Comfort, Hygiene, Safety, Health & create a Happy world for them to grow, sustain, be productive.
Wisdom Pillar #5
Cow is a social animal; it is said cows can recognise members of its group. Cows like humans develop the relationship with other cows. They also exhibit likes/dislikes/hatred among other cow group members. Cows also exhibit various personalities of dominance/alpha members etc. An effective housing design takes into consideration the current herd size /Number of cows & future plans of expansion so that a very favourable ecosystem is created naturally. Housing design should facilitate herd management which is very crucial considering cows being a SOCIAL ANIMAL. To ensure cows remain stress free & happy, housing needs to be flexibly designed to support herd grouping.
WISDOM PILLAR #6
Cow housing should be designed with utmost simplicity that enables cows to enjoy happy life & effective management by the caretakers.
WISDOM PILLAR #7
Housing design should support better financial management & enhance profitability. Housing design should facilitate easy & low maintenance.The housing design should be at its natural best, making regular maintenance easy, convenient & low cost-wise.
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