DO YOU KNOW THE ART & SCIENCE OF SELECTING PROSPEROUS COWS ?
||Krishna Leela–Surabhi Saptgun||™
Surabhi is a cow which represents ‘PROSPEROUS COW ’.
PROSPEROUS COW = Healthy, Happy & Nourished Cow which has the potentiality of creating wealth for cow caretakers. Selecting a SURABHI is an ART & SCIENCE. You need the true wisdom, art, science, and care to feel the surabhi….as it is said SURABHI exists in each & every cow with varying merits. One needs to have the humble sincere eye to feel & respect the surabhi in each cow. BEST COW – HIGH YIELDING COW is a subjective & an incomplete version ; as the word ‘BEST’ which is an adjective is dependent on various variables like Proper nourishment/Proper health care/ Proper Housing / Cow’s Life cycle stage etc. As the variables change so does the merit of ‘BEST’ changes; in simple words it is said even a high yielding cow can become low productive due to improper care, similarly an average yielding cow can become a high yielding SURABHI cow with proper care & love. Actually NO COW IS NON-PRODUCTIVE. All Non-Productive cows are MAN-MADE with his wrong interference, complications & wrong practises.
Having understood this, it shall be important to train oneself in rich observation, develop the art & science of Vedic wisdom, so that the Surabhi Saptgun in the cow is identified & developed for its full potentiality & in creation of wealth…
MILLIONS OF COW CARE-TAKERS/DAIRY STARTERS WORLD-WIDE ASK REPEATEDLY ENDLESS QUESTIONS?
#1. How does a GOOD QUALITY COW LOOK LIKE?
#2. Where to find BEST QUALITY – HIGH YIELDING COWS?
#3. Among the cow herd; which cow is the best?
#4. Which breeder provides GENUINE COWS?
#5. Where should I TRAVEL in search of BEST COWS?
The questions are endless, the search is endless & many times we find ourselves & our dear friends travelling far & wide in search of the so called POTENTIAL BEST COW!
TRUTH & OPPORTUNITY many times is VERY SIMPLE & IN CLOSE DISTANCE ; The so called BEST COW might be in the very close vicinity of our own place…..in our own neighbourhood ….in our own cow house, neglected. Before we step out in search of the dear SURABHI……Lets search our inner-self….Our knowledge, Our own art & science…DO WE HAVE THE BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF IDENTIFYING SURABHI?
Before getting into the art & science of surabhi-saptgun, let’s be aware of the…
SURABHI MAYALOKA! – THE WORLD OF MYTHS!
MYTH#1 : Expensive Cows are the best-high yielding cows
Not necessary. No guarantee that always expensive cows are the prosperous cows.
MYTH #2 : Cows with LARGE UDDER is the most prosperous cow
Not Necessary. There are other key critical traits to evaluate.
MYTH #3. : ONLY SPECIFIC BREED TYPE is only the best prosperous cow
Not Necessary. Breeds potentiality is observed only when both the breed type & agro-climatic condition are suitable to each other.
MYTH #4. : After purchasing expensive high yielding cow; it shall always be a prosperous cow
Not necessary. Prosperous cow is directly related to & always dependent on variables like continuous proper nourishment, health care etc. It is very important to break the myths & come out of wrong theories, ensure practical vedic wisdom prevails.
Surabhi Saptgun is more of a SUBJECTIVE EVALUATION TOOL based on ages of practical experiences of Cow caretakers & Vedic wisdom. However, this needs further scientific validation & a statistic recording of observations shall further help in the science of surabhi selection. Each breed exhibits certain special characteristic feature, so it is important that while selecting, one needs to consider for the breed characteristic features. Also it is important to mention the evaluation criteria varies as per what you intend to select; cow, heifer & lactation stage of the cow.
Surabhi Saptgun is based on the rich Vedic Wisdom, which suggests,
OVERALL OBSERVATION instead of focusing on any one or few factors. As wisdom says, even a Mighty Lion ruling the forest, rich in all characteristic features DIES if even one of its legs health is a problem. Thus, stresses on the importance of observing on all factors. SURABHI SAPTGUN is an art & science which suggests observation on all the 7 VISIBLE SIGNS/SAPTGUNAS & overall 21 CHARACTERISTIC TRAITS / LAKSHANAS.
In Body Structure observation, there are 12 traits / lakshan to be observed
As per Vedic wisdom it is said EYES ARE THE WINDOWS TO THE SOUL & BODY.
First look for the sign of MAGICAL EYES. Just look into the eyes of the cows; if you observe eyes sparking clear & bright, it might suggest healthy, active & emotionally happy cow. If you observe a DULL EYE, either it is stressed or facing health problems.
Now, you might ask the question; what is Magical Eyes & how can one understand the signs? These are natural observations. It is similar to human beings; many times looking just at the eyes of our dear ones, we at times infer their emotional wellbeing. Emotional wellbeing is a mirror outcome of various internal factors of which HEALTH is one of the key influencer. be a sign of productivity & fertility.
Observe for a healthy straight back bone, it should not be BOW shaped. A strong straight backbone is very important. A narrow front & broader back width/ Pelvic width is believed to be a sign of productivity & fertility.
NECK & HEAD
Observe for free movements of neck & head, there should not be stiffness & Swelling.
Observe for Healthy Udder.
Should not be too much hanging
Udder with wide base & firmly attached to the abdomen is good
When you look at the udder from side, it should not be hanging; it should be firmly attached close to the body/abdomen.
Udder should not have swelling, hard spots.
Observe for MILK VEINS/GOOD NETWORK OF BLOOD VESSELS; the Milk veins/vessels should fork beneath the abdomen & form network across the udder.
Only looking for a cow with big udder is not a complete approach. It is observed by many, big udder does not always promise high milk yield.
Next important observation is the Teats. Place your palm below the teats; the teats should evenly touch the surface of your palm. Teats shape & appearance vary as per the cow lifecycle stages. It is usually advised to avoid undersized teats. Mastitis is one of the major problems affecting health of cow & dairy productivity causing financial loss. So, it is important to ascertain the health of udder, teats should be flexible and naturally coloured.
It is very important to observe the health of legs & no hoof infection. Healthy feet & strong legs help cows to enjoy grazing & their natural animal behaviour. Lameness in cows has been observed as one of the major factor for LOW MILK PRODUCTION. When cows are in pain due to lameness, they cannot yield more milk. Cow should be able to easily sit, stand & walk without showing sign of lameness.
Observe for well-defined ribs & full stomach. Run fingers between the ribs, it is believed if at least 2 fingers can run between ribs, it is said to have large body capacity helpful in high milk yield.
It is said, cow dung also exhibits the health signs of the cow. Cow dung should neither be too thick nor too watery thin. It should not contain undigested particles in it.
Observe for Normal breathing. Faster breathing indicates cow might be under stress or suffering from pain, other health problems.
Observe for shiny, healthy skin without traces of infection/insect count to be bare minimum.
Observe for the teeth health & cavity health
It is believed thin tail shall be active & helpful in warding of insects, keeping skin healthy.