To Bypass Food Embargo, Qatar Will Pay $8 Million To Airlift 4,000 Cows

Tyler Durden's picture

Yesterday we reported that as the Qatar crisis continues with no resolution in sight, in an act of generosity toward its distressed Gulf neighbor, Iran dispatched four cargo planes of food to Qatar and plans to provide 100 tonnes of fruit and vegetable every day. Qatar has also been holding talks with Iran and Turkey to secure food and water supplies after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut links, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.

However, any stopgap measures implemented so far are not nearly enough to compensate for all the food imports lost as a result of the gulf blockade. So, for the nation with the highest GDP/capita in the world, where money is largely not an object, an ingenious solution has emerged.

Call it the biggest bovine airlift in history, as Bloomberg puts it. Because while the "showdown between Qatar and its neighbors has disrupted trade, split families and threatened to alter long-standing geopolitical alliances", it has prompted one enterprising Qatari businessman to fly 4,000 cows to the Gulf desert in an act of resistance and opportunity to fill the void left by a collapse in the supply of fresh milk.

The reason for the dramatic "solution" to the millk embargo is that most of Qatar's fresh milk and dairy products, meant for Doha’s more than 1 million residents, came from Saudi Arabia up until a week ago. That supply was cut off after the kingdom and its allies cut transport links with "a country that spends $500 million a week to prepare stadiums and a metro before the soccer World Cup in 2022."

According to Bloomberg's calculations, it will take as many as 60 flights for Qatar Airways to deliver the 590-kilogram beasts that Moutaz Al Khayyat, chairman of Power International Holding, bought in Australia and the U.S. “This is the time to work for Qatar,” he said. In addition to the abovementioned airlifted Turkish dairy goods and Iranian fruit and vegetables, there’s also a campaign to buy home-grown produce. Signs with colors of the Qatari flag have been placed next to dairy products in stores. One sign dangling from the ceiling said: “Together for the support of local products.”

“Our government has made sure we have no shortages and we are grateful for that. We have no fear. No one will die of hunger.”

“It’s a message of defiance, that we don’t need others,” said Umm Issa, 40, a government employee perusing the shelves of a supermarket before taking a carton of Turkish milk to try.

Only you do, and those who provide the much needed milk will get even richer than they already are.

For Al Khayaat, whose main business is a construction firm that built Qatar’s biggest mall, the cow-a-drop may be a slam dunk business decision. He has been expanding the company's agricultural business at a farm 50 kilometers north of Doha. Food security is part of Qatar’s government strategy to steer the economy away from petrodollars, known, like in Saudi Arabia, as “Vision 2030.” And what better way to aggressively grow that business than at a time when it is your countrymen's patriotic duty to buy your goods.

On a site covering the equivalent of almost 70 soccer fields, new grey sheds line two strips of verdant grass in the desert with a road running through the middle up to a small mosque. It produces sheep milk and meat and there were already plans to import the cows by sea. Then Qatar was ostracized, so the project was expedited.

Fresh milk production will start by the end of the month rather than September and will eventually cover a third of Qatar’s demand by mid-July, Al Khayyat told Bloomberg at his office in Doha. Facilities for the Holstein cows are ready, though the company will take a hit on the shipping cost for the animals, which increased more than five times to $8 million.

Which amounts to $2,000 per cow. At that price, it was not immediately clear if the cows would fly business or first class.

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SpanishGoop's picture

At that price, it was not immediately clear if the cows would fly business or first class.

 

Business, it is all about business.

 

I hope all cows are vetted !

lakecity55's picture

Cutter introduces Bovine Airlines!

 

hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

Maybe the royal family read my article?


Want to eat well today and hedge for the apocolypse? Try a family milk cow!

 

A cow is a proven way to convert sunlight, water, and pasture into a usable surplus of protein, fat, calories, leather, and horsepower.  I believe that in many ways having a family milk cow is both easier and more reliable than raising crops,
although it is pretty darn easy to grow potatoes or yams. 

 

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-12-31/hedgelesshorsemans-list-things-...

 

“It’s a message of defiance, that we don’t need others,” said Umm Issa, 40

You ain't just whistlin' Dixie, Umm!

open calender's picture

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BorisTheBlade's picture

Never thought tentacle p0rn was THAT profitable.

thisandthat's picture

Is that chocolate milk, or priviledged white milk, you opressed black cow exploiting racist?

Wang Dang SP's picture

I just want the contract to supply hay. 

Yog Soggoth's picture

Guess with all that money they forgot how to drag a net or even use a fishing pole. They do have a significant coast. You could probably even eat  the scallops there, but they are too stupid for that. Any religion that denies me that priveledge must die.

Amicus Curiae's picture

the aussie ones will be  pretty squeaky clean

we dont allow Rg Bh or ractopamine for starters

brucellosis (TB long eradicated) and Johnes screened as a matter of standard care

odd theyre importing Holsteins not Friesians though

majority Aus dairy is friesian

buzzsaw99's picture

food embargo? egad. what's next, a food blockade? next up, saudi bombs qatar hospitals ala yemen? women and children seeking missiles? puppy and bunny grenades?

AG17's picture

This blockade is drifting Qatar more n more towards Iran and Turkey. Saudi/Gulf loss is Iran Gain.

 

medium giraffe's picture

I'm still trying to get over the Saudis disowning Qatar for 'supporting terrorism'.  Saudis claiming the moral high ground,lol.....  pigs might start flying too.

Jack Oliver's picture

They don't like pigs - so they flew the cows instead !!

lakecity55's picture

TSA: Terrorists have succeeded in inventing the Cow Bomb.
All cows must now be searched!

Stinkworx's picture

War has always been good for business

VK's picture

Time to bomb those cows Saudi Barbaria. Qataris are the fattest people on earth, even bigger than 'Muricans. They won't put up a fight when the tanks roll in.

groundedkiwi's picture

I see a slow drip to the isolation of Saudi.

quadraspleen's picture

What's wrong with camel milk?

Jack Oliver's picture

Cows with guns !!

Fat and docile - big and dumb - they look so stupid - they aren't much fun !!

 

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=cows+with+guns+youtube&view=detail&m...

Crabshacker's picture

Chickens in choppers Mother fuckers!!!

SAIAN's picture

So what are they going to feed the cows, oil? What's wrong with going with dried milk? Or how about rationing given the circumstance...

 

Even if the option is there doesn't these corrupt nations want to feel the taste of the harsh reality they have created for others, I mean lets face it... Saudi should have ISIS doing their work inside their borders along with the other nations that have sponsored them.

lakecity55's picture

They can airlift hay also.
Operation Haylift.

HalinCA's picture

Rationing milk?  In the richerst per capita nation on the planet?  

 

http://www.worldatlas.com/articles/the-richest-countries-in-the-world.html

 

 

lakecity55's picture

Operation Moolift.
Cool.

dogismycopilot's picture

Once, driving the Pacific Coast Highway north of San Francisco, I saw some dairy cows that were gazing on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The cows were at peace because those cows had the best piece of real estate I had ever seen. I am sure their milk and butter was awesome.

The Doha cows have just been sold into slavery into one of the harshest desert climates imaginable. There is a reason why there are no cows in Doha already: because it is a fucking desert and a miserable one at that (alkaline soil, brackish water, and high humidity.) Since they will have no fresh feed or grass, I imagine their milk will taste like dog shit.

All of those cows will be converted to Jihadis by the end of the year and will be wearing Burkhas and dish dashes. Half of them will be dead. The other half will be on CIA payroll.

Wahooo's picture

They're already on the CIA payroll.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"All of those cows will be converted to Jihadis by the end of the year and will be wearing Burkhas and dish dashes. Half of them will be dead. The other half will be on CIA payroll."

Some of them are well-trained in the Kung Fu:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxXjsQbCZR8

gammab0y's picture

I asked the girl next door if she would sleep with me. 

She said, when pigs fly.

Almost there! 

Got The Wrong No's picture

I'm sure they are flying somewhere. 

Arnold's picture

Butterball Turkeys don't fly well either.

Good thing Monsanto is mainly crops.

vegan's picture

4k cows, each drinking (at least) 25 gallons (100 litres) of water per day... That's 100,000 gallons (400,000 litres) of water per day that the cows will drink.

Then there's 3.5 gallons (13 litres) of urine per day, per cow, adding up to 14,000 gallons (50,000 litres) of urine total, every day. And 65 lbs (29.5 kg) of manure per day, per cow, adding up to 260,000 lbs (118,000 kg) of manure total, every day.

In the middle of a fucking dessert.

They'll eat about 27 lbs/day (12 kg/day) of feed, each, adding up to 108,000 lbs (50,000 kg) of feed, daily. Anyone want to guess how much water it takes to grow that much feed?

Now... How many people do you think they could feed with 36,500,000 gallons (146,000,000 litres) of water and 39,420,000 lbs (18,250,000 kg) of plant-crops per year?

GO VEGAN!

HalinCA's picture

And why to those cows produce milk in the first place?  Because they were recently pregnant!

 

Anywhere you have a dairy farm, you have a veal factory!

 

https://www.reddit.com/r/DebunkThis/comments/24rxb1/debunk_this_cows_mus...

 

nmewn's picture

It's ok, the cow's are from India  ;-)

Erek's picture

They better not eat that cow then. It might be Grandma.

vegan's picture

"It's ok, the cow's are from India  ;-)"

Someone didn't read the article: "According to Bloomberg's calculations, it will take as many as 60 flights for Qatar Airways to deliver the 590-kilogram beasts that Moutaz Al Khayyat, chairman of Power International Holding, bought in Australia and the U.S."

vegan's picture

And why were the cows pregnant? Because they've been impregnated in, what the industry lovingly refers to as a "rape rack".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcN7SGGoCNI

RathdrumGal's picture

Cows eat much more than sheep and goats.   Milk production will go way down if the cows are not well fed.  There is a reason sheep and goats are the major diary producers in arid lands while Wisconsin is dairy cow paradise.    That is going to be some expensive milk. 

Pliskin's picture

All this going on proves that it does NOT add to the security of your country to have a U.S. base stationed there, I suggest Qatar kicks out the monkeys with guns, err, I mean U.S. troops and starts renting the base/land to the Iranians.  A big FUCK YOU to the U.S. and its masters in Saudi.  Probably best to let the Turks get a foothold first though, can't imagine the camel/kiddy fucking Saudis attacking if there's Turkish troops on the ground, they'd get their asses handed to them, I mean, look how well (Haha) the Sauds, Americans and Brits are doing in Yemen against a few farmers/shepards with outdated AKs.

 

just the tip's picture

i still can't get a read on putin and all the 4D and 6D and 12D chess these fuckers play.  but i would be inclined to off the vacant space to the rooskies.

as for the article, i don't know if this was a freudian slip or not:

is part of Qatar’s government strategy to steer the economy away from petrodollars, known, like in Saudi Arabia, as “Vision 2030.”

but something about this sounds like libya, which means hillary is still in charge of the state department.  either that or TPTB has just told us when the end times begin.

Pliskin's picture

Nah, it can't be Hillary, people didn't vote for Hillary because they didn't want the U.S. to become embroiled in MORE war in the Middle East or anywhere else for that ma....oh, wait!

dogismycopilot's picture

I think you are on the wrong side here. The Qataris been playing with fire and got burned. Sure, Satan himself may have called them out, but who cares. They got caught with their hand in the sweeties jar....can't stay away from those ISIS sweeties.

Qataris hate the Americans so much that's why their fucking money exchange houses HAVE RUN OUT OF FUCKING USD!

US dollars are in short supply at many foreign exchange houses in Qatar, due to increased customer demand and disrupted shipments, employees said.

https://dohanews.co/qatar-money-exchanges-face-us-dollar-shortages/

shizzledizzle's picture

A shame they couldn't distribute them by helicopter...