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Bóthar appeals for help to airlift 70 UIster dairy cows to Romania

Bóthar Northern Ireland is asking local farmers and the local community to support their campaign to airlift 70 friesian dairy cows to Romania in an activity that will be the first of its kind in Northern Ireland.

The aid organisation, which aims to create a sustainable living environment for communities in the developing world, is looking for farmers to donate their dairy cows as well as seeking funding from the public to purchase the livestock.

Local dairy heifers are known for producing quality milk and other products rich in essential nutrients and this will be used by families across Romania to support themselves and their communities.

Bóthar NI representative Aoibheann Fearon explains: “A dairy heifer can make a huge difference to a local community in desperate need in Romania. I understand that these are challenging economic times for all of us but I would ask farmers to support our campaign by donating a heifer to the appeal. We know the high calibre of milk that is produced by Northern Ireland cows and this will make a huge difference to the lives of all people including children in orphanages across Romania.

“We’d also like to encourage the general public to donate any money they can spare to help us meet our target of providing the 70 cows to Romania by September. We have a large number of costs associated with not only buying the cattle but also vaccinating and airlifting them to Romania – so whatever you can afford to spare would be greatly appreciated. Everyone deserves to be able to have access to the means to feed their family and be educated on how to sustain this process through the training that we provide.”

As part of Bóthar’s ongoing sustainability philosophy, once the cows have been transported to Romania, the charity will work to educate each family in dairy cow management, building an animal housing unit, teaching them to grow the right type of fodder and supervise them in the initial stages of care and management of the cow. The aim of the appeal is to provide each community with the essential tools they need in order to make use of not only the milk provided by the cow but also teach families the process of creating other dairy products to continue to feed their families.

Anyone interested in supporting the appeal or donating a heifer should contact Bóthar NI on 028 9062 7308 or post your donation to Bóthar NI, Anna House 37a Upper Dunmurry Lane, Belfast BT17 0AJ. Heifers should be first time in-calf Holstein Friesians, preferably 30 months or younger.

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