Cows, farms also under gunfire near Gaza strip

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Those of us who grew up on North American dairy farms often hold a high regard for veterinarians. The feeling is likely not any different in Israel, where veterinarians are rushing into areas recently destroyed by missiles to aid injured cattle.

The story comes from Arutz Sheva,, where a farm near the town of Kibbutz Nirim had 90 animals outside next to the dairy barn (likely the milking parlor). Six cows died immediately, and 40 are still in bad shape but under the care of a veterinarian who rushed to aid the injured animals.

Herd manager Marcello Waser told Arutz Sheva he heard sirens at 4:00 p.m. and shortly after a shell hit about 15 meters away from him.

Israel has 124,000 cows on 950 farms, according to the Israeli Dairy Board website. The nation's herd average of 25,807 pounds of milk per cow per year (11,706 kilgrams), the highest national average in the world.

Source: Arutz Sheva

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Ralph Ginsberg    
Israel  |  August, 27, 2014 at 09:41 AM

Unfortunately six cows were killed and more had to be slaughtered due to their injuries. The barns at kibbutz Nirim have pack barns and there was a direct hit on the barn. The next day two people were killed one of them a dairyman. Neighboring Nir Oz had more than 100 fattening steers killed by mortar fire. Ralph Ginsberg Israel Dairy Board

U.S.  |  October, 16, 2014 at 09:21 AM

Ralph, Did you take the photos and, if so, are they available for licensing in a U.S. agriculture publication? I would like to purchase rights to the tank in the hay field image if possible. Please contact me at Thank you.


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