Cows With Gas

Yipee!  The weekend has finally come over the horizon and I can post some weird and unusual stuff…….

I am sure that you have heard some of the debate on global warming or climate change…..whichever suits your sensibilities…….some of the deniers put the blame not on the human factor but squarely on the backs of…..COWS.

Say what?  yep, some are saying that the reason we are suffering through climate change is that cows fart too much…..you read it right……fart too much.

In today’s world there has got to be a way to help cows with their gas problem…….short of a gallon of Bean-o…….

Cows are notorious methane gas producers, belching somewhere between 132 and 264 gallons of gas produced by food fermenting in the rumen (one of the four parts of their stomachs) every day. As the Washington Post reports, that’s so significant that ruminant animals—including sheep and goats—actually contribute a quarter of the country’s total methane emissions, which is a top greenhouse gas. So the Dutch life sciences and materials company DSM has partnered with Penn State to develop a powder to add to cow feed that it reports in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences produces a 30% reduction in methane emissions.

DSM says it’s achieved this without harming the animal, its performance (i.e., milk production), or how much food it eats. Here’s how it works. By feeding 3-nitrooxypropanol (a small molecule referred to as 3NOP) to dairy cows, it inhibits an enzyme called methyl-coenzyme M reductase that’s used by cow gut bacteria to digest grass but produces methane in the process, reports Scientific American. It’s not the first to help reduce this methane production, but it’s the first that appears safe for the animal and the environment. It also helps the cows gain weight, since 7% of the energy in their food goes toward methane alone. Whether this weight gain improves milk production needs further study.

There you have it..,..problem solved!

Now will someone please work on a cure for killer farts from my dogs………they could wake the dead!

15 thoughts on “Cows With Gas

      1. Good morning, Chuq and congratulations! You can find no weirder stuff than myself and yes, you might be right …. it could have been goats. Goats are sneaking sometimes. I had a goat once. He had one horn and he loved to stick that horn up my *** at every opportunity. I dared not turn my back on him. We finally sold him to some Halal shop for a pittance. I got a pet pig instead. LOL

      2. Thanx my friend……I try to give myself a break from the seriousness of the world on the w/e……pig is better…..BACON! LOL

    1. No you…..the John Liming Report…….my cable sez it does not exist……I went the other day to see if I had missed anything and no go…..

      1. Once again his highness, the blithering idiot (ME) has decided to simply stay with “American Liberal Times” foregoing all others. Please please forgive me but I have this obsession about changing things. I am trying to get over it.

  1. I don’t think this is a good idea. What if the methane added to the atmosphere by cows is SUPPOSED to be there, for the proper chemical balance in the ecology of the planet? It is human production of methane, via industry, which is tipping the balance of chemicals, not cows… These pseudo-scientists can’t see the forest for the trees… They need to look at the bigger picture, & ask themselves WHY cows fart, not simply how much…

    Another example of mundane idiocy; what the fuck gives us the right to stop their farts?… It feels GOOD when I fart; why do we need to take that away from cows? So we can make more of our OWN methane?

    Thanks, that was fun; I needed that…

    gigoid, the dubious

    1. I agree….and what about dinos….they ate and I am sure they farted…..or maybe it was what killed them off ….too much methane expulsion….LOL

      1. Weird; I think I actually read an article somewhere that proposed a theory like that…. People are strange….

        😆

  2. This theory has been around for a long time, I remember a memorial party (to me) where we spent most of the night discussing the “methane” police and some even lit their own farts. Not me of course, I’m somewhat of a lady. BUT that report stressed that the cows got worse when they were stressed…..ie while waiting in pens for the slaughter…

    As for your dog Chuq, try to harness that energy and use it for car fuel. After all cars do run on gas!

    Happy Weekend.
    dru

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