Robber fly - Nature photographer Thomas Shahan specializes in amazing portraits of tiny insects. It isn't easy. Shahan says that this Robber Fly (Holcocephala fusca), for instance, is "skittish" and doesn't like its picture taken.

Nature by Numbers (Video)

"The Greater Akashic System" – July 15, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) (Subjects: Lightworkers, Intent, To meet God, Past lives, Universe/Galaxy, Earth, Pleiadians, Souls Reincarnate, Invention: Measure Quantum state in 3D, Recalibrates, Multi-Dimensional/Divine, Akashic System to change to new system, Before religion changed the system, DNA, Old system react to Karma, New system react to intent now for next life, Animals (around humans) reincarnate again, This Animal want to come back to the same human, Akashic Inheritance, Reincarnate as Family, Other Planets, Global Unity … etc.)

Question: Dear Kryon: I live in Spain. I am sorry if I will ask you a question you might have already answered, but the translations of your books are very slow and I might not have gathered all information you have already given. I am quite concerned about abandoned animals. It seems that many people buy animals for their children and as soon as they grow, they set them out somewhere. Recently I had the occasion to see a small kitten in the middle of the street. I did not immediately react, since I could have stopped and taken it, without getting out of the car. So, I went on and at the first occasion I could turn, I went back to see if I could take the kitten, but it was to late, somebody had already killed it. This happened some month ago, but I still feel very sorry for that kitten. I just would like to know, what kind of entity are these animals and how does this fit in our world. Are these entities which choose this kind of life, like we do choose our kind of Human life? I see so many abandoned animals and every time I see one, my heart aches... I would like to know more about them.

Answer: Dear one, indeed the answer has been given, but let us give it again so you all understand. Animals are here on earth for three (3) reasons.

(1) The balance of biological life. . . the circle of energy that is needed for you to exist in what you call "nature."

(2) To be harvested. Yes, it's true. Many exist for your sustenance, and this is appropriate. It is a harmony between Human and animal, and always has. Remember the buffalo that willingly came into the indigenous tribes to be sacrificed when called? These are stories that you should examine again. The inappropriateness of today's culture is how these precious creatures are treated. Did you know that if there was an honoring ceremony at their death, they would nourish you better? Did you know that there is ceremony that could benefit all of humanity in this way. Perhaps it's time you saw it.

(3) To be loved and to love. For many cultures, animals serve as surrogate children, loved and taken care of. It gives Humans a chance to show compassion when they need it, and to have unconditional love when they need it. This is extremely important to many, and provides balance and centering for many.

Do animals know all this? At a basic level, they do. Not in the way you "know," but in a cellular awareness they understand that they are here in service to planet earth. If you honor them in all three instances, then balance will be the result. Your feelings about their treatment is important. Temper your reactions with the spiritual logic of their appropriateness and their service to humanity. Honor them in all three cases.

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle
American zoologist played by Sigourney Weaver in the film Gorillas in the Mist would have been 82 on Thursday (16 January 2014)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Farming Got milk? Dairy farmers call for funding

Wahyoe Boediwardhana, The Jakarta Post, Malang, East Java | Sat, 03/20/2010 10:24 AM

Thousands of dairy farmers in East Java lack funds to boost their productivity, an executive with the association of Indonesian dairy cooperatives said earlier this week.

Speaking in Malang, the association’s East Java manager, Sulistiyanto, said the farmers needed money could come from bank loans.

“The problem is, it’s very difficult for the farmers to get the loans because most of them don’t have the high collateral required by the banks,” he said.

He added the farmers also found it difficult saving up to make improvements to their facilities, given that they earned relatively little from the sale of dairy products.

“Domestic dairy farmers just don’t earn enough from their activities,” he stressed.

Fuad Ardiansyah, manager of the Sekar Tanjung Pasuruan dairy farmers’ cooperative, said the fluctuating prices of dairy products had contributed to the low productivity.

“We’re highly dependent on volatile international prices,” he said.

Sulistiyanto said that with a production cost of Rp 3,400 (37 US cents) per liter of fresh milk, farmers expected to sell the product for at least Rp 3,600 a liter and cooperatives expected to sell it for Rp 4,000 a liter.

However, he pointed out, the current market price was much lower.

He added that with the desired price, farmers would be able to better feed their livestock and even acquire new heads of cattle.

This way, Sulistiyanto went on, farmers could see their milk output increase from the current 10 to 20 liters per cow daily, up to 30 liters.

He called on the government to set up a taskforce to, among others, determine a fair price for fresh milk sold directly by the farmers.

East Java is home to more than 40,000 dairy farmers. An estimated 10 percent practice traditional methods and own an average three cows.

Sulistiyanto said such small-scale dairy farmers made very little in the way of income and thus could not save much to out back into the business.

“If they could only get the bank loans they need, they could buy more cows and thus boost their productivity,” he said.

He pointed out that boosting their herds by waiting for their existing cows to give birth would leave the farmers in limbo for years, thus curtailing any opportunity for forward development.

Heifers currently retail for Rp 12 million to Rp 15 million, depending on the size and breed.

Sulistiyanto said the prohibitive prices, relative to the farmers’ purchasing power, was the main reason the total population of dairy cows in East Java had only increased slightly, from 360,000 in 2000 to 400,000 last year.

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