Northwest Share has two cow shelters - one in Redmond, WA and another in Auburn, WA. These cow shelters have all facilities to provide our cows with a natural environment and ample food to live a happy life. Our cows are taken care of and fed well. We derive encouragement and motivation to serve our cows with love and care from the instructions given to us by our acharya and guru A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad.
Srila Prabhupad said, "The Supreme Personality of Godhead, in His instructions of Bhagavad-gita, advises go-raksya, which means cow protection. The cow should be protected, milk should be drawn from the cows, and this milk should be prepared in various ways. One should take ample milk, and thus one can prolong one's life, develop his brain, execute devotional service, and ultimately attain the favor of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. As it is essential to get food grains and water by digging the earth, it is also essential to give protection to the cows and take nectarean milk from their milk bags."
Letter from Srila Prabhupada to: Harbanslal August 2, 1958 Bombay
Importance of Milk
Milk is known for its richness in calcium and thus its importance for your bones. Milk also contains protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fat.
Protein is important to fight diseases, renew cells, build muscles and maintain healthy hair and nails. That is why your diet should provide enough proteins. Milk is an important source of protein, since each glass contains almost 8 grams. The source of carbohydrates in milk is lactose which gives energy to the body.
Minerals and vitamins: Milk is rich in many nutrients that are essential for good health, for stronger bones (Calcium, Vitamin D, Phosphorous), for more energy (B vitamins), for a stronger immune system and for healthier skin (Vitamin A). Fats in milk constitute essential fatty acids which are important for body cells