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Old 01-02-2008, 03:44 AM   #1
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I see those down under have a new tool in the fight against global warming.

   
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Old 01-02-2008, 06:06 AM   #2
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I see those down under have a new tool in the fight against global warming.
Here is a great idea, kangaroo bacteria that fight the production of methane in farm animals, such as cattle and sheep. Both Australia and New Zealand have a lot of sheep, and they produce many tons of methane, too. Of course, the article does say it might be 3 years before the kangaroo bacteria are put into animal feed. I suppose they need to check on unintended consequences, and there could be some.
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I suppose they need to check on unintended consequences, and there could be some.
Goodness me, if cattle could jump over fences it would be a problem.

   
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Goodness me, if cattle could jump over fences it would be a problem.
As I learned, working on my uncle's farm many years ago, cattle can jump over fences. It's just that most of the time they choose not to.

   
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As I learned, working on my uncle's farm many years ago, cattle can jump over fences. It's just that most of the time they choose not to.
And as I learnt many years ago, the bos indicus in particular just go through them. As a horse person, I am constantly amazed that a cow can go through four barbed wire fences without injury, whereas a horse even touching the same fence will sustain many cuts requiring expensive stitching, and have injuries that take months and months to heal.

   
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And as I learnt many years ago, the bos indicus in particular just go through them. As a horse person, I am constantly amazed that a cow can go through four barbed wire fences without injury, whereas a horse even touching the same fence will sustain many cuts requiring expensive stitching, and have injuries that take months and months to heal.
Probably something to do with the fact that vets' fees for cows are relatively low whereas those for horse are astronomical.

Alternative explanation: Cows know that farmers won't bother to call out the vets for a few cuts and bruises.

   
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Probably something to do with the fact that vets' fees for cows are relatively low whereas those for horse are astronomical.
I think one reason they charge more for horses is that they're more likely to get hurt by a horse, so have to carry more insurance and are more often put out of action by horses. My regular vet stopped treating horses several years ago, so I now have one vet for the dog and another vet for the horses. And my horse vet refused to train for the current equine influenza vaccination campaign. Those vets who are doing the buffer zone (compulsory vaccination) report horrific experiences going into small acreage blocks where the horses are pets and have never been trained to respect people or behave themselves, and of course those properties don't have proper yards for handling the horses anyway.

Having said that, one of my horses misbehaved a little yesterday morning while the (EI accredited) vet doing the vaccination was trying to insert the RFID microchip (very large needle and associated pain). She was very badly treated before I got her. The other horse, the one I bred and trained, behaved impeccably, thank goodness!

   
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My regular vet stopped treating horses several years ago, so I now have one vet for the dog and another vet for the horses.
We're very fortunate, we have a specialist equine vet practice nearby - three very attractive young women who just do horses and donkeys.

Of course, the fact that they are attractive young women has nothing to do with them being good vets but it does mean I rush out to the stable to lend a hand whenever they visit.

   
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We're very fortunate, we have a specialist equine vet practice nearby - three very attractive young women who just do horses and donkeys.
You are lucky. But of course, it means you also have to have two vets.

   
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And as I learnt many years ago, the bos indicus in particular just go through them. As a horse person, I am constantly amazed that a cow can go through four barbed wire fences without injury, whereas a horse even touching the same fence will sustain many cuts requiring expensive stitching, and have injuries that take months and months to heal.
Horses are more easily cowed by fences where cows aren't afraid to horse around with them?

Hmm. I don't think I've ever seen anything of leather made from horse hide. Much thinner, perhaps?

   
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