Story of Tapovan Cows

Homa Farm: Tapovan
Tehsil: Parola, District: Jalgaon
Maharashtra, India


In Tapovan, we have at the moment 9 cows, 4 bulls, 9 calves and 7 newborns. We also have 2 bullocks working the farmland. These are indigenous Gir breed cows and some mixed breeds. We have been rearing cows for several years and now we have the third generation.

Here we have maintained 24 hour round-the-clock Om Tryambakam Homa for nearly 10 years and for this, we use pure cow’s ghee. Almost one third of this ghee comes from our own production now. We have observed and documented the ghee production for a 6 months period (from 1 Oct 2009 to 31 Mar 2010).

Extraction ratio of the milk fat in Tapovan is 42.3 grams/liter, while normally in our area, the average ratio is 30 grams/liter of milk. That means that in Homa atmosphere the cows produce over 1/3 more milk fat. Also the Gir breed gives 5 liters of milk per day in the villages, but we receive from the same breed 6 liters of milk in Tapovan.

Our cows are very healthy compared to the cows from the villages, who suffer a lot from ticks, infections on the hoofs in the cold season (similar to foot-and-mouth disease) which we have not have had a single time here. The village farmers’ medical bill for one cow is approximately 1000 rupees per year, while here in Tapovan for 30 animals together we spent only 1000 rupees the whole year. And this is for assistance at delivery or treating a cow that may eat a poisonous insect while eating grass from the fields.