Study shows toilet training cows could have environmental benefits

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 14 Sep 2021, 8:35AM
Cows in the European Union receive a government subsidy of $2.20 a day - making them richer than 1.2billion of the world's poorest people
Cows in the European Union receive a government subsidy of $2.20 a day - making them richer than 1.2billion of the world's poorest people

Study shows toilet training cows could have environmental benefits

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 14 Sep 2021, 8:35AM

The toilet training of cows could have great environmental benefits.  

Auckland University researchers, along with German colleagues, have shown bovines can be trained to use a latrine, using food as a reward. 

Study author, Lindsay Matthews, told Mike Hosking Dutch modelling shows if you could capture 80 percent of the urine, you'd reduce ammonia by 50 percent. 

"We haven't done similar modelling here, but it would be substantial for the nitrates going into the water and the nitrous oxide going into the air." 

Lindsay Matthews says it took up to 15 days to train each cow but the process could be automated. 

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