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Ill wind blows for cattle export (Cows bound for Mideast fart themselves to death)
News.com.au ^ | 7.16.03 | Joel Dullroy

Posted on 07/16/2003 8:05:18 PM PDT by mhking

FLATULENCE is responsible for the death of hundreds of cattle exported to the Middle East each year.

Cows gas themselves to death by emitting fatally high levels of ammonia during the lengthy voyages, a University of New England conference has heard.

The exact reason for high fatality rates on cattle export voyages had eluded scientists until now, the university said.

Researcher Jeisana Accioly said the cows' high protein diets were the cause of the problem.

Voyages to the Middle East can take between 13 and 31 days.

Temperatures on board can soar dramatically as the ship crosses the Equator, leading to high levels of ammonia production.

In the cramped, hot and poorly ventilated cattle holds, ammonia gas can quickly cause respiratory problems and death.

Cattle deaths came under scrutiny last year when the Federal Government banned the shipment of certain breeds, after the death of 900 cows on one voyage.

Animal welfare lobby groups suggested the sudden transition from cold to hot climates was responsible. But Ms Accioly said cattle deaths could be reduced by simply altering the animals' diet.

"Nutrition that is appropriate to the extreme conditions is the answer to this serious problem," she said.

"It can be as simple as increasing the roughage in the diet with something like hay, decreasing protein and ensuring higher levels of qualified nutrient monitoring."

UNE is hosting the bi-annual Recent Advantages in Animal Nutrition in Australia conference at its Armidale campus.

The conference also heard that changing egg-laying chickens' diet can lower the rate of cannibalism.

Associate Professor Mingan Choct said cannibalism was a major problem for the egg production industry.

A producer can lose up to 40 per cent of chickens due to cannibalism, but the problem can be lessened by reducing the level of highly processed feed and by increasing the level of salt in their diet, the conference heard.


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1 posted on 07/16/2003 8:05:19 PM PDT by mhking
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2 posted on 07/16/2003 8:05:36 PM PDT by mhking
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3 posted on 07/16/2003 8:07:52 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: mhking
Hmmmm. Let's see....

Death by entrapment onboard the Moo-Fart Ship of Doom
Or,
Death by watching yet another episode of Oprah...

Decisions.....

4 posted on 07/16/2003 8:09:33 PM PDT by RandallFlagg ("There are worse things than crucifixion...There are teeth.")
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To: mhking
Cows gas themselves to death by emitting fatally high levels of ammonia during the lengthy voyages, a University of New England conference has heard.

The same thing happens at a Democratic convention.

5 posted on 07/16/2003 8:10:29 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: mhking
aha!!! Now I have the proof!!! I've told the hubby for years that one day he would fart himself to death!!!

6 posted on 07/16/2003 8:13:19 PM PDT by CAPPSMADNESS (To fear death is to misunderstand life.)
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To: mhking
Hey PETA, over HERE!
7 posted on 07/16/2003 8:14:30 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Freedom is not Free - Support the Troops!)
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To: mhking
In rural German the cure for a cold was thought to be to sleep in the stables where the ammonia would clear the nasal passages.
8 posted on 07/16/2003 8:19:47 PM PDT by RLK
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To: mhking
Pull my hoof!
9 posted on 07/16/2003 8:34:11 PM PDT by squarebarb
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To: Terriergal
I'm speechless....
Where is sungirl when you need her..
(oh, thats right, she "farted" herself to death too)
Moo-Hoo!
10 posted on 07/16/2003 8:36:00 PM PDT by cavtrooper21 (I will not go quietly into the dark....)
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To: mhking
I'm not a fan of PETA, and enjoy eating big juicy ribeye steaks as much as anyone, but this really does sound like routine animal cruelty all in the name to save a few bucks. Blame it on the farts and not the lack of proper ventilation that should be provided for livestock in transit.
11 posted on 07/16/2003 8:39:17 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: mhking
"Nutrition that is appropriate to the extreme conditions is the answer to this serious problem," she said.

How about better ventilation? How about hosing down the holding pens once in a while? Where the heck is PETA? <sarcasm

12 posted on 07/16/2003 10:22:53 PM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (You bring tar, I'll bring feathers....recall Davis in 03!!!)
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To: mhking
No air venting for the cows on the trip? Seems like even a fan would help and wouldn't be too hard to use.
13 posted on 07/16/2003 11:43:15 PM PDT by honeygrl
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To: TheSpottedOwl
God, could you imagine being the deckhand with that job. Man overboard!
14 posted on 07/17/2003 1:19:57 AM PDT by Atchafalaya (1)
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To: RandallFlagg
Check your spelling. I believe its Okrah.

The woman and the eponymous vegetable (or whatever it is) can both cause gastro-intestinal distress.

15 posted on 07/17/2003 5:38:44 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk
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To: mhking
I believe this article to be flawed in a different way. I am not a chemist, but I know that cow farts are not ammonia. Fermented cow urine (or even human) is. Some body who knows, please weigh in. This just doesn't smell right.
16 posted on 07/17/2003 7:48:57 AM PDT by shamusotoole
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To: shamusotoole
"farts" are a cobination of many gases, chiefly methane and carbon dioxide.
I would bet that it's a combination of heat, poor feed, little water, and the stench.
Any way you look at it its a "crappy" way to go...
17 posted on 07/17/2003 3:30:32 PM PDT by cavtrooper21 (I will not go quietly into the dark....)
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To: shamusotoole
"farts" are a cobination of many gases, chiefly methane and carbon dioxide.
I would bet that it's a combination of heat, poor feed, little water, and the stench.
Any way you look at it its a "crappy" way to go...
18 posted on 07/17/2003 3:30:32 PM PDT by cavtrooper21 (I will not go quietly into the dark....)
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To: mhking
Are the cattle shipped over seas for food or for breeding stock? If they are for food why don't they slaughter them first. The beef would be easier & cheaper to ship frozen than live cattle that have to be fed & watered.
19 posted on 07/17/2003 3:41:51 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter
why don't they slaughter them first

Cattle have to be slaughtered a certain way to be Halal (Muslim equivalent of Kosher), so the Muslims tend to prefer doing it themselves than trust an infidel source

20 posted on 07/17/2003 3:48:55 PM PDT by SauronOfMordor (Java/C++/Unix/Web Developer looking for next gig)
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To: SauronOfMordor
OK That explains it. Thanks. They are not getting as much for their money because the cattle would lose weight during the trip & then would have to be fattened up again.
21 posted on 07/17/2003 6:25:54 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: CAPPSMADNESS
"aha!!! Now I have the proof!!! I've told the hubby for years that one day he would fart himself to death!!! "

Now, now...a little ventilation will cure both of these problems.

22 posted on 07/17/2003 6:30:24 PM PDT by gorush (If you're happy and you know it, clank your chains...)
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To: shamusotoole
I think you are right it would be from the ammonia in the urine. We have dairy goats and that is one nasty smell. Now a goat fart......no problem, our "girls " get a high protein diet and theirs don't even smell bad, and they hardly ever fart anyway. But the DO produce a lot of urine. Good catch!
23 posted on 07/17/2003 6:40:57 PM PDT by MomwithHope
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To: mhking
LMAO! Moo-Fart ship of doom? LOLOLOLOL
24 posted on 07/17/2003 8:50:10 PM PDT by manic4organic (An organic conservative)
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To: mhking






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let's hear it for flatulence!
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25 posted on 07/17/2003 9:01:26 PM PDT by autoresponder (. . . . SOME CAN*T HANDLE THE TRUTH . . . THE NYT ESPECIALLY!)
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To: SauronOfMordor
For Muslims?

Load them thar critters up with Norplant and thet thar stuff we used to neuter chickens into capons!

26 posted on 07/17/2003 9:06:30 PM PDT by autoresponder (. . . . SOME CAN*T HANDLE THE TRUTH . . . THE NYT ESPECIALLY!)
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bwaaaahahaha!

But on a serious note, it makes sense to improve conditions keep the cows alive, from a business point of view. Spoiled meat doesn't bring in much cash.

27 posted on 07/19/2003 4:56:46 PM PDT by Terriergal ("multipass!")
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To: Terriergal
The problem is too many cows in too little space--along with little ventilation and not cleaning the stalls. They factor in the losses in the shipments.
28 posted on 07/20/2003 5:05:39 AM PDT by Catspaw
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To: Paul Atreides
Never much cared to fart on a ship.

An Airtran 727 at 30,000ft, now that's another matter!!
29 posted on 07/20/2003 5:48:11 AM PDT by misanthrope
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To: Catspaw
Oh I know. But one would think that it would make more sense just to not *ship* X number of cows, if they're going to die anyway. Wouldn't it cost less to ship less cows?
30 posted on 07/20/2003 4:22:37 PM PDT by Terriergal ("multipass!")
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To: Terriergal
Premium cattle get shipped with TLC--for example, cows with stellar production/high butterfat or bulls (if there's starting a "bull farm" for semen production). Herd cattle--that's another matter.
31 posted on 07/21/2003 6:03:17 AM PDT by Catspaw
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To: Catspaw
I suppose. :-\
32 posted on 07/21/2003 11:55:54 AM PDT by Terriergal ("multipass!")
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