Here’s hoping this puts and end to this entire smelly mess. Cows have long been cast as the “bad guys” in the global warming. Cows have the one stomach, but with 4 compartments. They chew the grass which enters the one compartment, is then softened and moves to a second compartment, the rumen, hence the title for these animals as Ruminants. Cows then digest this and we use the term ‘chewing their cud’ which can hold between 25 and 75 gallons of matter and the gases are then given off as burps, and flatulence. mostly in the form of Methane. The bulk of the emissions are mostly in the form of burps rather than farts.
If anything story proved that the global warming hoax has gone too far, it was this one. Scientists in Argentina even strapped red tanks on the back of tanks to collect bovine stomach gasses to study what come out of their stomachs. Thankfully it was in Argentina. If it was the US can you imagine the bureaucracy forming “the ministry of bovine flatulence collection?” Brings back memory of Monty Python. The moonbats even unsuccessfully tried genetically engineering cows that burp less to solve the problem.
A new study shows an easy way to help the world’s cows throw off their badge of environmental evil.
Research from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia indicates that the amount of methane emitted from cattle fed on the tropical grasses in northern Australia is up to 30 percent less than figures cited. That’s a big difference.
It’s also just in a lab setting. Just like every other claim regarding emissions, there is no way to actually know; no one is sticking respiration chambers up to cars, airplanes and animals worldwide so numbers are always projections, but the closer researchers can get to realistic projections the more confidence the public will have in statements and action plans.
What accounts for the difference? Feed, says researcher Dr. Ed Charmley. And that means it could be a win-win for everyone.
“CSIRO research also shows that northern cattle fed on a diet of predominantly Leucaena, a legume tree, emit less methane than cattle grazing on tropical grasses,” Charmley said. “What this nutrition research is showing is that there can be win-win scenarios for the industry and the environment if we can redirect the breakdown of plant material in a way that reduces the amount of methane produced while improving the amount of energy or weight gain that animals get from their feed.”
So next time you see a cow, hug it and thank it for a bovine sense of Climate responsibility. Now if they could just get rid of the pungent aroma.