Three arrested in connection with police killing during 'cow vigilante' clashes in India – CNN

The shootings are the latest in a wave of mob violence branded as “cow vigilantism” that critics say is growing on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s watch.
Clashes between villagers and police broke out in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh after cow carcasses were allegedly discovered in a village near the city of Bulandshahr, about 46 miles from the capital, New Delhi.
India’s majority Hindu population consider cows to be sacred animals and most states, including Uttar Pradesh, have banned their slaughter.
Hundreds of protesters gathered on a highway and began pelting officers with stones, demanding police take action over the alleged cattle deaths, Inspector Rajeev Kumar Gupta, of Meerut police, told CNN.
“The police had to resort to firing their guns in the air,” said Gupta.
In the ensuing violence, a police officer, Subodh Kumar Singh, and a local man were shot and killed. Singh was shot in the head, according to the autopsy report.
Police said they have arrested three people and are looking for another 24 thought to be involved in the violent clashes. A special investigation team has also been formed to find out who started the violence.
The Uttar Pradesh government said it would compensate the family of the slain officer with 5 million rupees (around $71,000) as well as a government job and pension.
An Indian policeman looks on after receiving treatment for a head injury following reports of mob violence at Chingravati village in Bulandshahr, on December 3, 2018. An Indian policeman looks on after receiving treatment for a head injury following reports of mob violence at Chingravati village in Bulandshahr, on December 3, 2018.

Cow vigilante killings

Mob attacks involving so-called cow vigilantes have increased in India over the past few years, with groups brutally beating or lynching those — particularly Muslims and other minorities — suspected of killing or transporting cows for slaughter, or for eating beef.
One of the highest profile cases happened in 2015, when Mohammed Akhlaq, a Muslim blacksmith and resident of Uttar Pradesh, was beaten to death by an angry mob. His son was also critically injured in the violence, after rumors spread through their village that the family had slaughtered a cow. Fifteen people were charged for his murder in a case that prompted national outrage.
A string of similar attacks in the years since has sharpened fears about the spread of Hindu nationalism in a country that is home to more than 170 million Muslims.
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Modi’s government has come under intense criticism for not keeping the vigilante groups in check and for what critics say is a lackluster response to the attacks.
In a tweet posted last year, Modi condemned cow vigilantism. “No person in this nation has the right to take the law in his or her own hands in this country,” hesaid. “Killing people in the name of Gau Bhakti (cow devotion) is not acceptable. This is not something Mahatma Gandhi would approve.”
Still, the rise in mob violence has coincided with the electoral success of Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which critics say has helped foster a culture of religious intolerance since coming to power in 2014.
Modi’s BJP is strongly aligned with the country’s conservative Hindu nationalists, the more extreme elements of which believe India should be governed in accordance with strict Hindu beliefs.
Leading up to the 2014 national elections, Modi campaigned on the promise of ending a “pink revolution” — a phrase describing the slaughter of cattle across the country.
“When animals are slaughtered, the color of their flesh is pink, and that is why it is called the ‘Pink Revolution,'” he said at a rally in the eastern state of Bihar.
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The issue has become a tinder box for the historically fraught relationship between Hindus and Muslims in the country, where communal violence between the two communities is common.
In 2017, at least 111 people died in more than 800 communal attacks in India, according to government statistics.
The state where the most recent attack occurred, Uttar Pradesh, saw the biggest nationwide increase in communal violence that year, with 44 deaths in 195 reported incidents.

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India: Two killed in protests over alleged cow slaughter –

Two people, including a police officer, have been killed in northern India during violent protests by villagers over suspicions of cow slaughter, officials said. 

Police said a crowd of about 400 people gathered after hearing about the carcasses of animals, including a cow, reportedly being found on a farm on Monday morning.

Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and a 20-year-old man died after clashes erupted in a village in Uttar Pradesh state’s Bulandshahr district.

The officer died from gunshot wounds, district magistrate Anuj Kumar Jha told Reuters news agency.

Earlier, police had said the officer was stoned to death while the resident died from gunshot wounds.

“After the villagers found a dead cow, they took to the streets. They blocked a road with a tractor and pelted stones,” senior police official Anand Kumar said in a televised news conference.

India’s Hindu majority regards cows as holy and their slaughter is banned in several Indian states.

“We sent police teams to control the crowd after we heard protesters pelted stones and some even opened fire,” Jha told DPA news agency by phone. 

“It is not clear this was firing from the crowd or the police,” he said, adding the protests subsided by early evening.

Local news channel NDTV reported the protests erupted after the carcasses of 25 cows were found. 

Hindu vigilantes often roam the roads in northern India to protect cows, frequently resulting in assaults against India’s Muslim population – some 14 percent of the country’s 1.3 billion people.

Thirty-nine people have been killed in cow-related violence in India since 2014 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party came to power, according to data portal IndiaSpend.

Modi has condemned the attacks and promised tough action against the perpetrators, but opposition leaders accuse the government of indirectly supporting the so-called Hindu cow vigilantes.

In July, India’s Supreme Court requested that the government enact new legislation to end an increase in mob violence and lynchings that have reportedly killed more than two dozen people accused of cattle theft, eating beef, child kidnapping and other crimes in the country this year.

Al Jazeera and news agencies

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Beef jerky on your holiday shopping list? – Prince William Times

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That's right. Beef jerky. The Beef Jerky Outlet serves dozens of varieties and sizes of “premium” jerky even in exotic meats such as kangaroo, venison and elk and “specialty flavors” such as moonshine and Cajun, according to a Potomac Mills news release.

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A Canadian farmer claims he has a cow bigger than the Aussie icon Knickers –

A Canadian farmer claims his super steer is an INCH taller than the viral 6ft 4 Aussie cow which has been hogging the headlines.

Karl Schoenrock says his own steer Dozer is just over 6-foot-5, calling him a “gentle giant”.

Australian cow, Knickers, became a viral sensation after a video emerged of him towering above other farm beasts, according to The Sun.

The enormous 1.4-tonne beast which has been saved from getting the chop at the abattoir, won social media fame, and could suffer a rare genetic condition.

But Dozer’s owners say he can pull the udder one.

Karl, and his wife Raelle, who run Kismet Creek Farm in Manitoba, decided to see how their bovine measured up.

To their surprise he had grown two inches taller than the last time they sized him up — and he might even be the world’s biggest.

“He’s just the friendliest animal,” Schoenrock said.

“He’s not very intimidating at all, except for his size. If you stood next to him he’ll just lay down next to you.”

Like Knickers from down under, Dozer was saved from being turned into burgers and steaks — although you’d get a lot out of him.

Butchers say Knickers alone would produce around 1,400 lbs of trimmed ‘saleable’ beef — enough for 450 cuts of steak and 370kg of mince.

Dozer ended up at Schoenrock’s farm — an animal sanctuary and petting farm — when a vegan woman bought and saved the then-6-month-old calf from a beef-producing farm in Alberta.

Knickers made rounds on social media this week after video surfaced showing the steer towering over the other cattle at a farm in Myalup, Western Australia.

He weighs over 3,000 pounds and, if slaughtered, would make more than 1,400 pounds of ground beef.

Dozer and Knickers are both Holstein Friesian steers, a dairy breed.

On average, the breed’s bulls reach just 5-foot-10 and 2,200 pounds.

Neither animal is a cow but steers — male bovines that have been castrated.

Unlike Knickers, Dozer doesn’t have smaller breeds to tower over in pictures, but he does share the farm with two other steers.

This story originally appeared on The Sun and is republished with permission.

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Feeder Cattle $3 Higher, Fed Cattle Firm | Drovers – Drovers Magazine

Compared with pre-Thanksgiving markets, steers and heifers sold steady to $3 higher at auction this week. Agricultural Marketing Service reporters said buyers have become “more meticulous when purchasing calves having a health program and ample time of being weaned this time of year.”

Buyers want calves weaned 60 days, and “fleshy calves coming off the cows are seeing a steep price discount, and several 550-plus pound calves weaned on the trailer have made their way to town this week.”

AMS reporters also noted that blizzard conditions on Sunday and Monday in the central plains “did harden up some of the fleshy calves as cold temperatures moved in directly after the snow.”

The fed cattle trade was not fully established as of late Friday. Early week sales on a dressed basis in Nebraska were at $183 to $184, or $1 to $2 lower. The market undertone on the southern plains was called firm to $1 higher.

Boxed beef cutout values were down slightly from last week. The Choice cutout traded at $212.61 per cwt., down $1.24 from last Friday. Select was quoted at $198.41 per cwt., down a dime from last week.

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Knickers, the extremely large cow, isn't actually a cow – The Verge

Yesterday, the world was introduced to Knickers, an extremely large Australian bovine. The steer was a sight out there in the field, towering benevolently over his smaller female peers. (No, Knickers is not a cow. Cows are female cattle who have had a calf; a steer is a neutered male.) The very big boy is a Holstein Friesian, a breed that originated in North Holland and Northern Germany that humans have been breeding for dairy production over the last 2,000 years. He lives on cattle farmer Geoff Pearson’s property in Western Australia.

According to The Guardian, Knickers stands 6 feet, 4 inches from hoof to shoulder — that means he’s only three inches shorter than a Mewtwo — and he weighs approximately 1.5 tons, or a little more than a Toyota Corolla. While Knickers’ size is certainly his most obvious characteristic, it isn’t really the most salient. “I am not sure he is so much a freak as just a tall Holstein,” Alison Van Eenennaam, a professor at UC Davis’ Department of Animal Science and a leading researcher in animal genomics, wrote in an email. “We have a steer in California that is 193 cm and the Guinness Book of Records has a Holstein cow that is 193 (6 foot 4 inches).” Danniel, the aforementioned Californian steer, died this year at eight years old. While he was still around, “he would eat 100 pounds of hay and 15 pounds of grain and drink 100 gallons of water a day,” wrote Honolulu’s Star-Advertiser.

Part of the reason Danniel and Knickers were able to grow so large is simply that they weren’t killed: Knickers is seven years old, and, according to the USDA, steers that are processed into meat are generally slaughtered before they reach age four. His current height and weight, Perth Now reported, saved him from an early death. (He wouldn’t fit through the processing machines.)

Eenennaam also pointed out that there are taller and heavier breeds than Holsteins, “like Chianina which is both the tallest and the heaviest breed of cattle,” she wrote. “Mature bulls stand up to 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in), and steers (castrated males) may reach 2 m (6 ft 7 in). It is not unusual for bulls to exceed 1,600 kg (3,500 lb) in weight – we just typically don’t keep Chianinas in Australia as maximum size is typically not optimum from a cost of production standpoint.” Which is to say: they eat way more if they’re bigger. Eenennaam describes the now-famous picture of Knickers towering over his Wagyu cattle compatriots as “a bit like photographing a Great Dane in with a bunch of young black Labradors.”

Knickers might blend in more if he’d been pictured hanging out with a herd of gaur, which are wild cattle from India that regularly grow to about 6 feet at the shoulder. He also could have held his own in ancient Europe, where giant bovines called aurochs roamed the land.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the tallest living steer is a Chianina, named Bellino, who stands about 6 feet, 7 inches tall. Though Knickers is only a bit shorter, he’ll live the rest of his life at the 3,000-acre farm, doing his job. He was bought for $400 to live as a coach among the other cattle, showing them how to live on a farm. As Pearson, Knickers’ owner, told The Guardian, “Obviously he’s gained some stardom – that’s changed his identity a little bit. We’ll have to see what happens with that.”

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Ekosem-Agrar launches EkoNiva range of dairy products in Russia –

Russian milk producer Ekosem-Agrar has launched its new EkoNiva umbrella brand for dairy products.

Introduced exclusively in several Moscow stores of the German retail chain Globus, the range will consist of products such as fresh milk, kefir, sour cream, curd, butter, yogurt and cheese.

Ekosem-Agrar production facilities for approximately 600 tonnes of daily processing capacity are currently being optimised to expand the range. The company plans to introduce the line in several other Russian supermarket chains in the coming months.

Stefan Dürr, CEO of Ekosem-Agrar, said: “Setting up our own milk processing facilities is the logical next step in our growth strategy. This enables us to guarantee the quality of our products across the entire supply chain, respond more flexibly to price fluctuations in the milk market and tap additional revenue and earnings sources.

“Our new brand will write a new chapter in the history of EkoNiva and will hopefully convince Russian customers of the high quality of our products ‘made in Russia with German quality assurance’.”

Under the slogan “EkoNiva – milk of which we are proud”, Ekosem-Agrar said it aims to address the growing number of quality-conscious Russian consumers.

Dürr added: “We want to win customers by being authentic and honest. Everyone wishing to know how and where our milk is produced is welcome to visit one of our more than 20 modern dairy cow facilities in Russia at any time.

“We want to allow people in this country to experience milk production and agriculture as an industry of the future. Our Academy of Dairy Sciences has already attracted more than 40,000 visitors, among them many school classes. This is an essential part of our young talent development programme for EkoNiva’s team comprising currently more than 9,000 employees.”

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Please Enjoy This Enormous Australian Cow – Deadspin

Large cow visible at center-left of image.
Screenshot: 7 News Central Queensland

What you’re looking at here is a cow named Knickers, a Holstein Friesian that lives on a farm in Western Australia with a bunch of other regulation-size cows that honestly look laughably small—like a child’s toys, like a dull child’s stupid playthings—in comparison. This is because Knickers, per Perth Now, is nearly 6-foot-4 in height and weighs roughly 1.4 tons .

Knickers has been covered widely, in terms of awe and ecstasy.

Knickers’s owner, a cattle farmer named Geoff Pearson, reportedly “bought him as a ‘coach’—an animal that could take charge of the herd and show them the ropes of life on the farm.” This seems a concept worth supporting even when it does not involve a gargantuan cow. It is simply the way of the natural world.

You’re probably thinking about eating Knickers, which is honestly pretty fucked up. The joke’s on you, though: Pearson told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that Knickers was too big to be put through a meat-processing facility and so will spend the rest of his days peacefully eating and lowing and issuing tremendous and unfathomably powerful farts alongside its much smaller peers. We’ll have more on Knickers The Large Cow as this story develops.

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Strengthening milk per cow offsets contracting US dairy herd size – Leader-Telegram

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Increased output in milk per cow nudged October production above October 2017, and it was the 59th consecutive month that output topped that of the year before. Preliminary data in the top 23 states shows output at a somewhat bullish 16.9 billion

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