Better do _something_ with those cow farts.

Either release the methane into the air or burn it for energy. Otherwise…
(from the BBC):

German cows cause methane blast in Rasdorf, Germany

Methane gas released by dairy cows has caused an explosion in a cow shed in Germany, police said. The roof was damaged and one of the cows was injured in the blast in the central German town of Rasdorf.

Thanks to the belches and flatulence of the 90 dairy cows in the shed, high levels of the gas had built up. Then “a static electric charge caused the gas to explode with flashes of flames” the force said in a statement quoted by Reuters news agency.

Emergency services attended the farm and took gas readings to test for the risk of further blasts, said local media.

Cows are believed to emit up to 500 litres of methane each per day.

Cattle ranching is a polluting business – methane is a potent greenhouse gas and cows also release large amounts of ammonia, which can lead to toxic acidification of soil and water bodies.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25922514Image

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6 responses to “Better do _something_ with those cow farts.

  1. There is only one way to save us all from doom — eat all the cattle and sheep ( assuming they also fart) at one giant world barbecue that will use methane burners. All the hungry people of the planet will be invited. The well fed ones will only be allowed to supervise the cooking. Only paper plates will be allowed and eating with ( prior-washed) fingers will be mandatory and closely supervised.

    Then it is beans, chickpeas and lentil diets for all on the planet.
    (Hindus will not attend this protein feast. Muslims will not attend the Pork eating banquet to follow but they are more than welcome to help in consuming all the chickens on the planet.

    But wait, there is no escaping the horror! All those lentils make one (ahem) fart, thus sending volumes of methane into the atmosphere — a greenhouse gas 28 times more awful than CO2!.

    Oh, Lord Gaia, we shall all have to commit suicide to save the planet.

    And we will!.

  2. Sounds like the barn lacked ventilation. The methane had to be >5% in air to burn. Also a cute little tag line at the end about cattle ranching being a dirty business that caused soil acidification from ammonia.

  3. I guess that all those buffalo that once roamed the North American plains didn’t fart.

  4. Stop dressing them in synthetic sweaters and the static problem is gone.

  5. “Sounds like the barn lacked ventilation. ”

    likely. It’s winter, and with fuel prices what they are the farmer’d probably decided to shut the ventilation shafts rather than have all the heat generated by his heating system go out the window.

  6. Make “gas X” mandatory. ;-)

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