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Old 01-02-2008, 02:44 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, 05:06 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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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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Hmm. I don't think I've ever seen anything of leather made from horse hide. Much thinner, perhaps?
Some horses are trained to jump fences. I am no expert, but I see rather high fences around fields with horses.
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In England, I think horsehide gloves and aprons were preferred by hedgers (a thorn hedge is very cow-proof). There's not much call for hedgers, I imagine, in America.

   
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In England, I think horsehide gloves and aprons were preferred by hedgers (a thorn hedge is very cow-proof). There's not much call for hedgers, I imagine, in America.
I'd have appreciated a good pair of thornproof gloves at one point ... we had a man-eating (or at least man-puncturing) hedge out front.

   
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