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Parting Shot — 12.16.11

Big time H/T to Tom Torgerson who spotted this sight today on Scarcello Road in the Rathdrum/Twin Lakes area. As the son of a dairyman who grew up cutting/raking/hauling hay for 500 head of daily cows, I know that the rancher here has it right. This is exactly what cows want for Christmas.

Crump: Livestock Table Manners

In case you missed it — and I don’t know how you possibly could have — science is on the brink of solving one of the greatest threats to our children’s future: Cow burping. Methane emissions from livestock account for 18 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization — though that estimate is hotly disputed. Now, Pennsylvania State University researcher Alexander Hristov has come up with a dietary breakthrough for cows by adding oregano to their diets. It’s not exactly the oregano that’s in your pantry, but an oregano-based food additive which, according to Hristov, reduces dairy cows’ methane emissions by 40 percent while increasing milk production by three pounds a day/Steve Crump, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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