Despite paying cow cess, bovine care remains in a state of mess – The Tribune India

PK Jaiswar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, March 6

Though many departments under the Punjab Government have been collecting huge funds in the name of cow cess, plight of stray cows is still dismal in the holy city. The recent two incidents bear testimony to this fact.

The anti-crime and animal protection group, an NGO, today, rescued a cow that had fallen in a drain near Bhagtanwala here. An activist of the association, Dev Panday found the bovine after hearing her ‘cries’.

He immediately sounded an alert and with the help of local people, members of his NGO and Municipal Corporation employees pulled her out of the drain.

“The area has a number of dairies but nobody owns the cattle,” said Dr Rohan Mehra, chairman of the NGO, while adding that the cow had apparently fallen in the drain a couple of days ago and was even unable to stand. It was in poor health due to this.

This is not the sole incident. Around nine days ago, a cow was hit by a vehicle near the Circuit House chowk. When the members of the association reached the spot after getting information, they found a 12-digit tag punched in its ear. Dr Rohan said they immediately informed the Animal Husbandry Department about this. However, till now, the department failed to trace the ownership of the cow.

Dr Amarjit Singh, deputy director, animal husbandry, said a probe was immediately marked to senior veterinary officer to trace the ownership. Investigations revealed that the tag does not belong to Amritsar district.

“Amritsar district has only six tags of the same series but the tag on the injured cow does not belong to here. The tag was issued in first phase in 2018-19 but it was not uploaded on the web portal of the department and therefore could not be traced,” he pointed out.

Dr Rohan said if the tag was issued, it would have been in the records and it is impossible that the department could not trace the ownership of the cow. “If the department is willing, it can trace the ownership,” he said this, while adding that the police should also first register an FIR in this connection.

Civic authorities said only one or two departments were depositing its share of cow cess while several other departments of Punjab Government failed to release its share for the past several years. Due to insufficient recovery, the welfare of stray cows and animals is suffering.

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‘Ballad of a White Cow’ Review: An Iranian Widow Seeks Justice in an Unfair Society – Variety

Already devastated by her husband’s execution, Mina (played by co-director Maryam Moghaddam) discovers that the man she loves was put to death for a crime he didn’t commit in “Ballad of a White Cow.” That would seem to be injustice enough for one person to bear, but in conservative Iranian culture, now that Mina’s a widow, she has less power than ever before: Fired from her job, evicted from her apartment and pressured toward marrying her pushy brother-in-law (Pourya Rahimiam), Mina faces limited options when it comes to caring for her deaf-mute daughter Bita (Avin Poor Raoufi).

If all of this sounds like a recipe for a thoroughly depressing spiral toward the bottom, à la “Bicycle Thieves” and its neorealist ilk, think again. Sure, “Ballad” can be brutal, but Moghaddam and co-helmer Behtash Sanaeeha (who first collaborated on “Risk of Acid Rain”) also see it as a story of resilience in a society that puts enormous limits on women. In some ways, “Ballad” feels engineered to put a maximum number of obstacles in Mina’s path, but as executed, the movie doesn’t feel the slightest bit didactic, despite its unusually stiff style.

Nearly every shot in this film is film is locked down and squared off, staring either straight at or directly perpendicular to its characters, like a Wes Anderson movie, minus all the wallpaper and whimsy. You could count on one hand the number of times DP Amin Jafari’s camera moves, and yet, this restraint reads as solemn noninterference. The co-directors seem determined to avoid the semblance of sentimentality or emotional manipulation. The duo are clearly fans of populist cinema, judging by the importance movies play to their characters (Bita is named for a popular 1972 local hit, and loves cinema infinitely more than school), but they’ve taken a more formalist approach to their own work: precise compositions, few if any closeups, no music.

But amid such austerity (which can be taxing at times), the humanism shines through, centered in Moghaddam’s dignified performance, one that shifts depending on whether the character is being observed in public or private. It’s as if the film is saying that being a woman in Iran demands a certain level of performance: She’s allowed to grieve — and it’s a wrenching scene, even captured at a distance — when she learns of the mistake that would have exonerated her husband, had the truth come to light before his execution.

In most other situations, Maryam is obliged to dial down her emotions, to make herself practically invisible (as she does at her factory job, all but disappearing among the milk cartons) and to mask her beauty. In the rare scenes when she applies lipstick or removes her headscarf, the gesture conveys determination, even if it’s being done for a man’s benefit. She cries twice in the film, and in both cases, it’s a balancing act of composure and weakness. We meet the character en route to the prison where her husband Babak is soon to be hanged, and the movie is modest enough to pull back from their farewell visit, allowing the cell door to swing shut on this private moment.

Later, we’ll learn that both Maryam and Babak believed he was guilty, which explains why they didn’t challenge the sentence. Turns out, it was the witnesses who were unreliable, but guiltier than that is the system that might allow such a miscarriage. That burden falls especially heavily on the shoulders of the movie’s other main character, Reza (Alireza Sanifar), who served as one of the judges in Babak’s trial. “Ballad” doesn’t reveal this connection right away, but it’s an essential detail to mention here, since the movie is quite sly in the way it handles which characters know certain things and when.

Shortly after Mina receives the news of her husband’s innocence — along with the promise that she will be compensated “the full price of an adult male” — Reza pays her a visit. Rather than begging her forgiveness for passing a faulty sentence, he poses as an old friend of Babak’s, writing a generous check for a nonexistent debt. In the weeks to come, these two characters will grow closer, and had this been a Hollywood romance, Reza’s lie of omission would serve as the secret that threatens their relationship (which it does, in a less contrived way).

But Reza isn’t the only one who chooses to hold information back: Mina’s landlady objects to the fact she let “an unrelated man” into her house — meaning Reza — forcing the widow and her daughter to vacate the apartment. But Mina never tells Reza he’s responsible for this latest setback. The judge thinks he’s doing Mina a favor by offering her to lease his own apartment at a vastly discounted price, when in fact, he’s the cause of her eviction. In Reza’s case, his dishonesty is a sign of weakness, whereas with Mina, her discretion represents a kind of strength — one that grows increasingly impressive as the film unfolds.

Moghaddam and Sanaeeha (who co-wrote the script with Mehrdad Kouroshnia) find multiple opportunities to show non-Iranian audiences how local customs limit a woman’s options. Religion is clearly responsible for much of what they find objectionable — as when Reza’s peers insists that his mistake must have been “God’s will” — and yet, they never come out and criticize it outright. The Quran actually provides the metaphor of the film’s title, as well as its opening vision: The Surah of the Cow refers to a sacrifice Moses demanded for a man’s death, represented here by an innocent, computer-generated white cow ready for slaughter.

This image appears twice in “Ballad,” a rare glimpse into Maryam’s head, but an important clue as to the fantasy — which involves a symbolic glass of warm milk — that closes the film. From a Western perspective, audiences want to see things work out for Maryam, but by the logic of Iranian custom itself, the film asks a tougher question: In an eye-for-an-eye society, what kind of compensation is fair for her loss? Blood money doesn’t cut it, especially when Barak’s father and brother want a share. But what about blood?

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Kliff Kingsbury has faith Chase Edmonds can be 'bell cow' back for Cardinals in 2021 – CBS Sports

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The Cardinals backfield may see a bit of a shakeup this offseason as Kenyan Drake is set to become an unrestricted free agent. Since being acquired by the Miami Dolphins in 2019, Drake has started in 21 of his 23 games played in Arizona, making him the unquestioned top dog in that running back group. However, if he were to depart the organization by inking a deal with a new club when free agency begins in a few weeks, the Cardinals appear confident that they have an in-house option to replace his production.

While speaking to reporters on Thursday, head coach Kliff Kingsbury was asked about the possibility of Chase Edmonds seeing an increased workload in 2021 if they were to lose Drake and what his confidence would be that he can be productive. 

“As far as Chase goes, you’ve seen when he’s had his opportunity, he’s played at a starting running back level,” Kingsbury said. “We all understand that he’s unfortunately been nicked up a couple times, which we want to keep him on the field. But we have all the confidence in the world in Chase and him being able to be the bell cow if that’s how this plays out.”

Edmonds is coming off a career-season in 2020 as the third-year back totaled 850 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns. The 24-year-old’s 5.7 yards per touch was also better than Drake’s 4.1 yards per touch over the course of last season, albeit with a lighter workload.  

As Kingsbury pointed out, the Cardinals have been able to see what Edmonds looks like as their feature back in the past, notching four starts under his belt over his tenure. In his most recent start (Week 9 vs. Miami), Edmonds had 70 yards rushing and caught all three of his targets for 18 yards. When the back has received double-digit carries, the Cardinals are 2-1. 

If this situation develops to where he is the starting back for Arizona in 2021, that could set up a tremendous opportunity for Edmonds, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2022. 

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Adopt a Cow program gives WMS art students a fun outlet during trying year – Daily Tribune News

By DONNA HARRIS

Students in Abby Hennington’s art program have gone completely crazy for cows.

The Woodland Middle School art teacher wanted to find a way to create some fun for her students in what she knew was going to be very tough year for them.

So she adopted a real-live calf as the art program’s mascot.

Last August, school Café Manager April Silver forwarded an email to Hennington about an Adopt a Cow program, which provided the perfect solution for her quest.

“I knew that this year was going to be challenging in so many ways, and I was looking for fun and uplifting themes to start off our year,” she said. “[I] thought that [the program] sounded like a fun way to connect art with science and math. It fit right in with our school’s current goal of seeking [state] STEM certification by incorporating science and art in the same lessons.”

Hennington applied right away to the program, which teaches students about dairy farming and would work well with her hybrid teaching model of in-person and online students.

“She teaches middle school students from a wide range of demographics, with several of her students living on working farms while others live in more metropolitan areas and have parents who commute to Atlanta each day,” said Emily Barge, communications and marketing manager for the Center for Dairy Excellence in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. “She thought the program would be a great way for all types of students to connect with the agriculture side of their community while also building STEM connections.”

In the program, classrooms are paired with calves from host dairy farms across the United States, and throughout the year, students receive photos, video updates and activity sheets that allow them to learn about dairy farming and watch their calf grow.

This year, more than 70,000 classrooms and home-school groups from across the globe signed up for the free program, which is expected to impact more than 1.5 million students internationally.

“I was attracted to the idea of using this theme as an ongoing mascot of sorts for our school year in my art program,” Hennington said. “I made the kids laugh by playing farm sounds when they entered the room. We’ve really had a lot of fun learning more about cows and dairy farms.”

After Hennington applied, she and her young artists were notified that their host farm was Big Sandy Creek Dairy in Madison, and their calf, Fiesta, lived there with her mother, Fajita, and father, Powerball.

Since then, the 177 art students — 157 in-person learners and 20 distance learners — have submerged themselves in all things bovine.

“My students learned about atmospheric and linear perspective through a unit that centered around the Big Sandy Creek Dairy,” Hennington said. “Our host farm shared photos of their family, farm and the cows. This unit tied together art and math. We were inspired by all of the gorgeous land as well as the equipment involved.”

The art teacher said her students also “learned about art and science as we studied more specific facts about our cow and her parents.”

“The kids found out that Fiesta’s mother produces 10 gallons of milk each day and weighs 1,450 pounds,” she said. “We completed timed drawings of Fiesta’s face and became more familiar with the skeletal and muscular shapes of cows to build confidence for their Fiesta-inspired choice projects.”

Besides the timed drawings, the young artists also have created multimedia paintings, charcoal drawings, clay cow sculptures, carvings of silos and comic strips starring Fiesta.

Students have even gotten cow-themed manicures and been wearing cow-themed T-shirts in honor of their adopted calf, Hennington said.

“I’m overjoyed with what this program brought to our art class,” she said. “My students thought I was silly at first when I introduced the fact that our art program was adopting a cow. I played cow audio in class without warning and built up a lot of excitement leading up to our calf being born.”

Two of her seventh-graders, Natalie Wofford and Bree Fennell, “got so invested that they planned a gender-reveal party for our students,” Hennington said.

“There were balloons, streamers and gender-reveal cupcakes,” she said. “It has been so much fun, and we needed something to get excited about.”

Natalie, 12, said she was “so excited” when she found out the art students were adopting a calf.

“I was disappointed that it was going to take so long for our cow to be born but glad that we started our cow projects after Christmas,” she said. “During the project, Bree and I realized that we could have a gender reveal. A family member had leftover decorations from a recent gender reveal, and we decided that we should use those materials to have our own gender reveal for our calf. We also had a sweet treat that had the gender color of frosting on the inside. It was so fun.”

Bree, 13, said she decided to make a clay sculpture of Fiesta for her choice project about bovines.

“Cows are my absolute favorite animal so I loved this entire theme,” she said.

Hennington said even though this school year has been “a tough one,” her students have “shown such resilience,” which became the idea behind their art show, “Mind Over Matter: Resilience Through Art.”

The cow-themed exhibit opened last week at the Euharlee Welcome Center and History Museum at 33 Covered Bridge Road and will be on display through April 15.

Hennington said WMS students have to apply for a spot in her yearlong visual arts program, and those who are accepted have art class every school day.

“Most art students continue in the program for all three years of middle school so they are devoting approximately five hours per week for three years to their art education,” she said. “If you visit our art show, we think you will be impressed with what all of that effort and creativity can produce.”

Seventh-grader Sophie Boyers, who had “just come back from distance learning and had no clue that we had adopted a cow,” created a chalk pastel drawing of Fiesta that not only was chosen for the show but also won the Mayor’s Award.

“When I heard about the project, I was very excited,” she said. “Once everything was explained, I had a really good idea of what to do.”

The 13-year-old said the last chalk pastel drawing she completed “didn’t go as planned so I decided that this was a great time to try to use them again.”

“I wanted to see if I could do a better job now that I had more experience,” she said. “I had a great outline and started to add color, but things didn’t go as planned. I love texture but was having some trouble with blending. The more I went on, the better it got. Once I was fully finished, this piece was one of the projects I’m most proud of, and it went into the art show.”

But the welcome center isn’t the only place where the bovine-loving artists’ work is showing up.

“We have put up art displays in the hallways at school, shared work on our Instagram page and have an entire wall display inspired by our partnership with the Adopt a Cow program and our calf, Fiesta,” Hennington said.

The yearlong cow theme will include a new element the last couple of months of the school year, according to Hennington.

“We found out that our local mayor of Euharlee [Steven Worthington] owns the land that is next-door to our school,” she said. “He has said that he will feed the cows closer to our fence this spring so that the kids can get a better view. We plan to spend time outside this spring, drawing and painting his land and cows. I can’t wait.”

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Loose cow that shut down Georgia highway finds forever home at N.J. animal sanctuary – NJ.com

A runaway cow that was finally captured along a Georgia highway after a month of roaming the area found her forever home at a New Jersey animal sanctuary this week.

The 1-year-old cow named LEOna was picked up by the owner of the Skylands Animal Sanctuary And Rescue in Wantage on Monday where she will now stay with other barnyard animals that range from calves and steer to turkeys and goats, according to a Facebook post from the Savannah Police Department.

LEOna’s story began on Jan. 26 when she made her way to Interstate 16 in Savannah, which caused the closure of the ramp from the major highway to Interstate 516 and brought traffic to a standstill.

Police were eventually able to corral the tired and hungry animal into a horse trailer and bring her to the stables of the Savannah Police’s Mounted Unit.

“Now you might think that the owners of our cute little cow-cow would come forward immediately. Silence,” the Savannah Police said in a Facebook page. “We got lots of calls from people sending tips about where the cows might possibly be from and just as many from people who were interested in adopting her, but no owners.”

Several different people and organizations interested in adopting LEOna reached out but eventually the department decided on Skylands.

“Let us just tell you that this place is like a little cow heaven, just the perfect place for LEOna,” the department said in its Facebook post. “With more than 200 acres and a bunch of cow friends, we knew it was the perfect place for her.”

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The scene on Jan. 26, 2021 as police tried to capture LEOna the cow along Interstate 16 in Savannah, Georgia.Savannah Police Department

The owner said he was tagged in the police’s first Facebook post about Leona and that her story touched him and that it “felt right” so he contacted the department, the post stated.

He went to Georgia Monday with his trailer to take LEOna home and with the help of a broom, harness and some feed, she climbed aboard to be taken to the Garden State, police said.

“We’re a little sad to see her go but also very happy! (Skylands) promises to provide us with plenty of photos and videos of her with her new cow friends,” the department said on Facebook.

The owners of Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue could not immediately be reached for comment Monday night.

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Chris Sheldon may be reached at csheldon@njadvancemedia.com.

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Ernest Ward FFA Presents 'Golden Cow Dung Award' To Assistant Principal – NorthEscambia.com

Ernest Ward FFA Presents ‘Golden Cow Dung Award’ To Assistant Principal

March 1, 2021

Ernest Ward Middle School Assistant Principal Tyvanna Boulanger received the annual “Golden Cow Dung Award” from members of the Ernest Ward FFA recently. The award features a large piece of cow dung, painted a golden color and mounted on a board painted in school colors.

Boulanger received the award during National FFA Week as a “thank you” for supporting FFA.

(Cow dung, in case you didn’t know for sure, is what you are probably thinking it is. It’s that natural byproduct that cows drop in the field. The award is 100% real dung spray painted a golden color. The golden piece is actually the original award piece created and painted in 2009.)

Pictured: Assistant Principal Tyvanna Boulanger received the annual “Golden Cow Dung Award” from the Ernest Ward Middle School FFA. Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

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Farmers struggle to care for old, ailing cows – The Hindu

“A cow is lying in my shed with one leg broken. I am ready to give it away for free, but no one is willing to take it,” said Kallesh, a farmer from Singatagere in Kadur taluk of Chikkamagaluru district. Already suffering from a loss with his farm giving him a low yield and finding it difficult to mobilise money for his son’s education, Mr. Kallesh was looking for someone who could relieve him of the burden of looking after his cow.

“Even if I have to look after the cow for another six months, I have to spend at least ₹3,000 every month to provide fodder and water,” said Mr. Kallesh, who had come with a pair of bullocks to the weekly cattle market at Gandasi in Arsikere taluk recently. He was expecting ₹60,000 for the pair, but the buyers were quoting only ₹40,000.

Like him, hundreds of farmers from distant places gather at the weekly market on the APMC yard, close to the highways that connect Mysuru, Hassan, Tiptur, and Shivamogga. Farmers who had been visiting the market for decades pointed out that the number of cattle and buyers had come down drastically after the State government brought out a law against cow-slaughter. The earlier anti-cow slaughter law was relatively more lenient on categories of cattle that could be sold or slaughtered.

“Earlier, it was easier to dispose of sick, aged cattle and male calves. But now it is impossible. Each cow gives birth to more than 10 calves in its lifetime. I have four cows, and the total calves will be more than 40. Do you expect me to take care of all of them?” asked Shambhulinge Gowda of Gandasi. The new law prohibits the slaughtering of cows, bullocks of all ages. Those violating the rule will attract penal action, besides imprisonment of up to seven years.

A newborn calf consumes at least three litres of milk a day, and with that the farmer loses an earning of ₹75 a day. “Taking care of even one calf is a costly affair. We can look after the female calf as an investment,” said Shive Gowda, of Hosur in Arsikere taluk.

The farmers expressed anger against the lawmakers for introducing the new law without estimating its consequences. “Ministers offer gau puja at programmes. Let them stay with me on my farm for a few days and understand the difficulty we face. If there is a pair of cattle, we have to depute one member of the family to take care of them throughout the day. Otherwise, that person would be earning at least 400 a day by going to work in a farm,” said Ramu, of Heggatta in Arsikere taluk.

Saving abandoned calves

Farmers unable to sell newborn male calves in the weekly markets, following the restrictions in the new anti-cow slaughter law, are now abandoning them.

In Hassan district, there have been instances of farmers letting their male calves go free in forest areas. On February 16, a male calf was found abandoned near Joyisara Halli in Channarayapatna taluk. Last month, farmers who participated in the cattle market at Channarayapatna left 32 calves at the marketplace itself. The locals brought this to the notice of the taluk administration, which later rehabilitated them in a goshala in Mysuru. Similar incidents were reported from the marketplace at Gandasi as well.

Minister for Animal Husbandry Prabhu Chavan has announced that two goshalas would be set up in each taluk to provide shelter for cattle abandoned by farmers.

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