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Help For Gassy Cows!

The other day I drove to Arlington to take in a Dallas Stadium tour and watch a Rangers ball game. There’s plenty of open land between Wichita Falls and the Dallas area, and some of that land is dotted by cows and a few horses. I’ve always enjoyed looking at cows. I’m not sure why, maybe it’s a girl thing. Either way, my husband is rather annoyed when I moo and honk at them.

Some of these cows are rather smelly. Driving past a large group of them will often make one’s nose curl up. That’s because cows are gassy beasts and emit methane gasses. Pretty smelly indeed.

In England, they’re coming up with a way to help out with those smells and gasses. A whopping 41% of England’s methane emissions come from cows and sheep, so they’re giving their hooved friends a new diet.

Feeding the animals maize silage, naked oats and higher sugar grasses could reduce the amount of methane they produce, the study by Reading University and the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences showed.

A trial showed that high-sugar grasses could reduce an animal’s methane emissions by 20 per cent for every kg of weight gain and naked oats could reduce methane emissions from sheep by 33 percent.

While this may work for cows and sheep, some of my human friends may want to consider the gas-reducing products on the market. Especially after eating those very tasty Fiber One bars.

To read the entire article, click here.

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