Tuesday, March 15, 2011

If you think cow burps and farts cause hurricanes, why OF COURSE it makes sense to spend £1 million monitoring those things

09N59: Counting It All In, Counting It All Out – New SAC “GreenCow” Research Facility For Gas Emissions - SAC (Scottish Agricultural College)
SAC has won a grant for research equipment worth some £1 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Scottish Government. It will help research on reducing livestock greenhouse gas emissions. With the “GreenCow” equipment researchers can make accurate measurements of what the cattle take in and what they give out. The new facility is a significant addition to SAC’s beef research capability.
Among the facilities to be installed at SAC are special pens where cattle will be housed for short periods. They will be free to move around and exhibit natural behaviour while their intake of food will be monitored and their methane emissions and eructations (burping) measured.

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