Menri Dairy Farm Projects

The Menri Dairy Farm is a active dairy farm in Dolanji, India (Northern India, HP).  It supplies nutritious milk to a community of Tibetan Refugees.  The cows provides nutritional milk value to the monks of the Menri Monastery, the children of the Bon Children's Welfare Center (300+boys), Redna Menling Nunnery (150+ girls) and the Tibetan Refugee Settlement Area. 

 

Sangye is a monk at Menri Monastery.  He oversees & manages the cow/calf barn on Medicine Mountain, Dolanji, India. He loves all living beings with a wide open heart.  The calves stay with their moms after birth.  Sangye says, "Happy moms make happy, healthy milk".  The male calves are used to work in the fields.  Aged male/female cows are allowed to live out their lives naturally in a grazing field as they are compassionately cared for with gratitude for the service they have provided.

Official ribbon cutting for opening of the Calf Barn & Caretakers Residence in 2017. The lead fundraiser for this $20.000.00 project was Sara Warner-Phillips. (L-R) Yungdrung Woser, Marie Meiffen, Cheri Brady, Sara Warner-Phillips, Sangye, JoAnn Pirrone, Vicky Walsh & Tamara Blesh ( all of these people contributed to the Calf Barn Project).

Official ribbon cutting for opening of the Calf Barn & Caretakers Residence in 2017. The lead fundraiser for this $20.000.00 project was Sara Warner-Phillips. (L-R) Yungdrung Woser, Marie Meiffen, Cheri Brady, Sara Warner-Phillips, Sangye, JoAnn Pirrone, Vicky Walsh & Tamara Blesh ( all of these people contributed to the Calf Barn Project).

Sangye

Sangye

The calves at Menri Dairy Farm are not separated from their moms after birth.  The baby calves are allowed to be with their mothers and to nurse as nature intended.  Happy Moms equals Happy Healthy Milk!!  The females grow up to produce milk and the males are put to useful work.  Cows are not killed in India. 

The first four projects are listed in the priority of need....the water holding tank needs to be in place to provide irrigation for the pasture land.  The pasture land needs the support of the retaining walls to sustain the pasture land from erosion.  When the water and pasture land are secure...then everything is in place for the new home of five Holstein cows which will provide two servings of milk a day for the children. 

 
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Project

50,000/L Water Collecting Tank 

$5,500 USD

Digging hole for water tank

Digging hole for water tank

Start date

July 1, 2018

this 50,000 Liter water holding container will provide irrigation of the pasture land for the Holstein cows. Before the cows can be purchased, the pasture Land must be able to provide grazing.

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Fundraising Leader:

Lili Meiffren - Portland State Universtity - Oregon

 

Project

Pasture Land Tilling & Maintenance

$1000.00 per year

Making pastureland on the side of a mountain.

Making pastureland on the side of a mountain.

Start Date

ongoing

The pasture land for the cows need tilling and maintenance each year.

The land is on the side of a mountain with many rocks.

Tilling the pasture land

Tilling the pasture land

Fundraising Leader:

TBD

 

PROJECT

Two Stone Retaining Walls for the Pasture Land

$6000.00 ($3000.00/each)

Start

Start

The pasture land is on a steep slope on the side of a mountain. The pasture land must be secure from erosion by this stone retaining walls before the cows will have a secure grazing area. Each wall is 188ft long X13ft wide X 10ft high.

Retaining walls are needed to hold and sustain each level of pasture land.

Retaining walls are needed to hold and sustain each level of pasture land.

Fundraising Team

TBD

 

Project

5 Holstein Milking Cows

$7,500 USD

Holstein Milking Cows produce more milk than other Breeds. With this addition the children will be able to have two servings of milk per day.

Holstein Cow

Holstein Cow

Fundraising Team

TBD

 

Pressure Washer for the cow/calf barn

$2000.00

The heavy duty pressure washer will provide a more hygienic environment with for the cows and calves.

Team

TBD

It takes many hands, a lot of commitment and financial support to provide nutrition for a community

 
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