Got Milk? First 165 Cows Airlifted To Qatar

It appears that the Gulf blockade against Qatar will remain in place for the foreseeable future after representatives from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE dismissed Qatar's response to their 13 demands as “not serious” and pledged to continue to keep the Gulf state under political and economic sanctions until it changes its policies.

And after a local businessman said he would import 4,000 cows to the gulf desert late last month, the first cows are already starting to arrive. As CNN Money reports, Qatar has taken delivery of 165 cows that were airlifted into the Gulf state to ease a milk shortage caused by sanctions imposed by Qatar’s neighbors. They are the first shipment for local dairy company, Baladna, which is ramping up production just weeks after Qatar's four Arab state antagonists cut off diplomatic ties.

Qatar has repeatedly denied allegations that it supports terrorism, and has said it would not comply with the gulf state’s other demands, including shuttering its media properties, including Al Jazeera. The first cows, purchased from a German supplier, arrived Tuesday on a Qatar Airways flight from Budapest, Hungary. Other cows are expected to be sourced from the Netherlands, the U.S. and Australia.

Most of Qatar's fresh milk and dairy products, meant for Doha’s more than 1 million residents, came from Saudi Arabia up until the sanctions were declared. 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.

In an act of generosity toward its distressed Gulf neighbor, Iran dispatched four cargo planes of food to Qatar and plans to provide 100 tons 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.

Within days of the embargo, Turkish and Iranian products filled empty shelves in the supermarkets of Qatar and local factories ramped up production.

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.”
 

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Rusty Shorts gigadeath Thu, 07/13/2017 - 00:08 Permalink

U.S. Also Helping Afghan Rebels With Mules, BooksFebruary 18, 1989|MARK FINEMAN | Times Staff WriterPESHAWAR, Pakistan — The U.S. government Friday took the wraps off the quieter side of its role in the Afghanistan war, disclosing details of a $220-million program of supplying the Afghan rebels with everything from Tennessee pack mules and anti-communist textbooks to field rations and chickpeas. http://articles.latimes.com/1989-02-18/news/mn-2207_1_afghan-rebels

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coast1 Wed, 07/12/2017 - 23:42 Permalink

goats milk is much better, and they eat the brush...altho, the meat acquires a taste change....off topic cause I wanna go to bed, but a song came to me, you can go look it up on youtube, :nothng from nothing"   This is for all the silver bugs such as myself...here is a couple lyricsNothin' from nothin' leaves nothin'You gotta have somethin' if you wanna be with meNothin' from nothin' leaves nothin'You gotta have somethin' if you wanna be with me 

dogismycopilot Thu, 07/13/2017 - 00:24 Permalink

...and you think they treat the Bangladeshi slave labors bad! Wait until you see what they have in store for the cows. I can see the headlines now:MIGRANT COW OVER MILKED UNTIL TEETS FALL OFF. MIGRANT COW ARRESTED FOR INSULTING AL THANI FAMILY MEMBER!COW LABORER MILKED TO DEATH!US COW BEHEADED BY ISIS QATAR!MILK COW CLAIMS PAKISTANI STABLE BOY RAPED HER. COW IN JAIL FOR SEX OUT OF MARRIAGE!US EMBASSY REMINDS ALL COW LABORERS TO FOLLOW THE LAWS AND CULTURE OF GUEST COUNTRY AND THAT US EMBASSY CAN NOT PROVIDE LEGAL OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCEThis is Udder bullshit!

83_vf_1100_c Thu, 07/13/2017 - 00:33 Permalink

  And exactly what are these cows eating? Qatar is desert. Importing grass to convert to milk seems rather inneficient. Just import the milk directly and cut out the middleman.

dogismycopilot 83_vf_1100_c Thu, 07/13/2017 - 00:42 Permalink

well their new Qatari owner is planning to milk them for a year while promising to feed them at the end of each month. finally after 8 or 9 months the milk cows will realize the Qatari is never going to pay/feed them and the cows will decide to leave Qatar.Unfortunately for the cows, they have to pay back all of their transport, visa and immigration fees to the slave trader who brought them in before the Qatari will give back their passport. The cows will become desperate and draw lots to see who gets to run into the street to get run over so the others can collect the blood money to buy their freedom back.if that doesn't work, in a few years, you will see the individual cows wandering around Doha car parks begging for money or someone to tell their family they are prisoners in Doha and ask them to pay off their debts so they can return home.

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keep the basta… 83_vf_1100_c Thu, 07/13/2017 - 02:17 Permalink

agree its an issue. Qatar has been hit with lack of pasture for its camels after the Saudis/Tumps actions. Their camels have been starving and without water on the border of SA and Qatar. Nice one Trump.A 5,500-mile-square peninsula in the Persian Gulf, Qatar has little land to pasture its camels, which are a backbone of traditional culture and recreation there. In the past, many Qatari families have simply pastured their camels in Saudi Arabia, traveling back and forth across the border to tend to their livestock.About 15,000 Qatari camels have now left Saudi ArabiaQatar has a big desalination plant come online in March or so. Look what sanctions did to Russia, it is thriving. It has the money to sort this out, been lots of research everywhere on growing fresh veg etc indoors. Ways to get better more nutritious produce in a fraction of the time. Qatar will just get on with it. 

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OliverAnd Thu, 07/13/2017 - 01:54 Permalink

Keep in mind that the quality of food coming out of Turkey and Iran is poor.  Those living in Qatar have been used to the best of everything as they are in general able to afford anything their heart desires.  The expense of flying supplies in will sooner or later hit consumers; imagine buying a regular low grade beef steak for the price of a kobe beef steak.  

are we there yet Thu, 07/13/2017 - 03:24 Permalink

165 cows is symbolic. Divided among an entire population of 2.6 million is just a few drops per citizen. Forgetting even infant needs. It is possible Qatars wet nurse population will make more milk.

just the tip Thu, 07/13/2017 - 06:04 Permalink

i'm wondering about those cow flights.  did they overbook?  did some cow get drug from the plane?  i'm wondering what they did to the planes to accomodate the cows.  you are never going to get that smell out.and you know those damn american cows are going to be racist.  they are going to have nothing fucking to do with those fucking cows from amsterdam.