Bovines learned to use the bathroom

Bogweevil

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“Why not just potty train the cows?” That’s what a radio jockey asked animal behaviorist Lindsay Matthews during a 2007 interview about how cow urine harms the environment. The question was in jest, but it got Matthews—a researcher at the University of Auckland—thinking. Now, nearly 14 years later, he and colleagues have accomplished what many thought impossible: They’ve taught nearly a dozen calves, which normally pee and poop at random, to “hold it” and urinate in a specific location. Yes, dear readers, the bovines learned to use the bathroom.

 

fgc325j

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“Why not just potty train the cows?” That’s what a radio jockey asked animal behaviorist Lindsay Matthews during a 2007 interview about how cow urine harms the environment. The question was in jest, but it got Matthews—a researcher at the University of Auckland—thinking. Now, nearly 14 years later, he and colleagues have accomplished what many thought impossible: They’ve taught nearly a dozen calves, which normally pee and poop at random, to “hold it” and urinate in a specific location. Yes, dear readers, the bovines learned to use the bathroom.

Had to check the date - it wasn't 1st of April. Short of news day ?????
 

Bald Rick

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Anglesey
The Dutch are working on getting cows to pee in to a receptacle so that the urine can be distilled and used for alternative purposes.

More to a cow than meets the eye ........

 

SteveHants

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Livestock Farmer
The key thing in this research is this quote from another press article about it: "It started off as a bit of a laugh........"

(says he after having to read a lot of comments elsewhere online saying that scientists should be busy curing diseases or summat)
 

primmiemoo

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Devon
It's yet another unnatural behaviour to impose on fully housed cattle ~ and it's because of production of ammonia from such systems.

How are they going to teach intensive system poultry to use an equivalent????
 

NI agri-food stakeholder groups discuss climate change bill with committee

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Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland

The Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC) recently submitted oral evidence to members of the Stormont Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (AERA) committee on the content and potential impact of the Northern Ireland Climate Change Bill (No.2).

This draft legislation was recently introduced to the Northern Ireland Assembly by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in conjunction with agriculture minister, Edwin Poots.

“We were accompanied by representatives from a wide range of food industry bodies, including the Northern Ireland Meat Exporters’ Association,the Ulster Farmers’ Union [UFU], Northern...
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