09/ 12/ 06 All thirty Telemark-cows sold!
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The thirty cows from CowParade Telemark were sold at the live auction at agricultural trade fair, Dyrskuân in sunny Seljord, Telemark, September 10th. The auction produced a total of 1,25 million Norwegian kroner (USD 180 000). The highest price was achieved for the spectacular cow DyrsKUA which was sold for NOK 148 000. (USD 22 000). - This was beyond my expectations, and I am very happy that we now are able to help so many poor farmers in Malawi, says Nicolai Riise, who is in charge of CowParade Telemark. The cows were sold to private persons, companies, counties and communities in Norway.
The auction, the sale of the Teleros pin (the cow that was kidnapped and beheaded in July) and other donations, has made it possible for CowParade Telemark to transfer more than one million Norwegian kroner to Utviklingsfondet (The Norwegian Development fund) for charity. Utviklingsfondet is an NGO focusing on agriculture and biodiversity. The money will be used to assist poor farmers in the African country Malawi. Utviklingsfondet is very pleased with the result, especially since CowParade accounts for one of the biggest fundraisers this year.
For such a great amount of money, we can assist more than a thousand farmers to become self sufficient. Amongst others, we will facilitate processes on how to better cope with draught and plant diseases by for example growing cassawa and peanuts, instead of merely corn as they do today. We will also give the farmers small loans, so they can buy a goat or a cow to prosper and increase their nutritional status, says Tone Dalen, Director of Communications, Utviklingsfondet.
Nicolai Riise, CowParade Telemark, DyrsKUA, Tone Dalen, Utviklingsfondet and Charles Langhorne, CowParade Europe
Cows against hunger: The Development Fund helps poor farmers and their families in Malawi.