A cow will never be completely clean, but you can teach the cow to go to the toilet. Netherlands cattle recently mastered the art of using a urinal to reduce gas emissions (released by manure).
The Dutch government imposes strict measures on farmers in order to limit the environmental impact of agriculture: smaller herds, limited manure spreading periods, high health standards in stables, etc.
With a CowToilet, “the problem is addressed directly at the source”, auto-entrepreneur and creator of the urinal Henk Hanskamp told AFP. The emission of ammonia — a chemical compound created when the liquid comes into contact with manure — is reduced when the urine is collected in the toilet. Nitrous oxide — greenhouse gas — is formed by this ammonia.
The principle of a CowToilet is quite simple: the urinal is placed in the stall at the cow’s posterior while it is eating pellets. When the cow has finished its meal, a nerve above the udder is stimulated by a robot, which urges the cow to urinate (a cow releases between 15 and 20 litters urine per day).
“The stables are cleaner, and the ground is drier. Less ground moisture means better nail health,” veterinarian Jan Velema said.