Life at SGG

Compartmentally, the lactating cows, non-lactating cows, pregnant cows, bulls and calves are kept in proper groups and in particular sheds for ease. Sheds are made big enough, allowing free movement of the cows and shelter. Various ground-level teams remain engaged for different activities such as cleaning, chaff-cutting, fodder preparation, milking, Panchgavya and medicine preparation, milk product preparations, and small farming related activities.

Typically, life gets energised at the Gaushala by early morning 4 AM, in the Brahm-Muhurat. The workers start cleaning and fodder preparations. The milkman brings the calves to the cows for feeding, and in parallel feeding to the cows and milking commences. One by one the lactating cows are milked in this Brahm-Muhurat, alongside playing soothing flute music. Cows are not forced for the milk. And milking process follows “Dohan” – wherein milk from only two of the udders are taken out for consumption and milk in the rest of the udders are left for the calf, so as the calf can get its share of the milk. The collected milk is packed in clean PAT bottles. First round of the milk delivery begins by 7 AM and all the consumers get the fresh cow milk by 9 AM.

A team, in parallel prepares the Panchgavya from the five divine ingredients from the cow, viz. – Milk, Curd, Ghee, Gaumutra, and Gobar. Health-conscious people do visit the Gaushala early in the morning and do consume this Panchgavya.

Meanwhile, the other cows which do not give milk, the grown-up calves which are still not used for breeding and the bulls are fed as per regular practices. Nutritious fodder and cattle-feed are served to the cows, bulls and the calves. SGG’s philosophy being Gau-Samvardhan none of the cows / bulls / calves are sent to the slaughter-house being any health-condition of them; rather SGG takes utmost care of all the cows / bulls / calves irrespective of their health, age or milk productivity.

Once morning schedule of cow feeding, milking, Panchgavya preparation and Milk delivery is completed, a team gets engaged into the preparation of the milk products such as Buttermilk, Butter and Ghee. Afternoon in the Gaushala being a rest time, seem very calm.

Once again, in the Brahm-Muhurat of the evening, the team starts milking while playing the flute music; and simultaneously a team keeps on cleaning the sheds housing the cows. Milk thus collected is again packed and delivered to the consumers.

Whatever activities do happen in the morning, majority of them are repeated in the evening. Like cleaning and milking, patients who do visit the Gaushala in the morning for Chikitsa, some other patients also visit the Gaushala in the evening. During both the periods of the Brahm-Muhurat, one would experience the bleating of the calves and mooing of the cows.

Periodic vaccination and health-check is something which is followed very religiously. Specific care is taken of the new born calves and the pregnant cows. Their fodder and cattle-feed are kept well in track and proper in quantity.