Press Release – for
MADISON, GA - September14, 2007, Saving Cattle Flatulence to
Save the Planet
In the war against global warming, it is reported that bovine
flatulence is responsible for a significant portion of methane
emissions, a single cow produces about 400 quarts of the gas
each day that contribute to the dreaded 'greenhouse effect' and
Harper Farms is doing something about it.
Cattle draw nutrition from grass and hay through their first
stomach - the rumen - which contains large quantities of
bacteria. The bacteria feed off the grass and produce nutrients
which the animals can digest.
alongside the nutrients comes the methane by-product, which is
belched out and contributes to global warming. Ruminant animals
are responsible for a significant amount of the methane gas
produced in Georgia.
"Cows can lose around 6 to 10% of what they eat to methane. This
loss is bad for the cow and bad for the environment," said
Kenny, CEO of Harper Farms. "It stinks too! Have you ever had a
cow burp in your face? I have!" Kenny also added, "that cows
don't emit 400 quarts of flatulence a day, they emit 400 quarts'
worth of burps." Kenny said that he does know one end of a cow
from the other.
Harper Farms is working closely with the local technical
institute on ways to harness and capture the unwanted gas being
released into the atmosphere by the cows. This captured gas
could be used as domestic fuel for water heaters, heating homes
and as an alternative fuel for farm equipment.
The device still under development, nicknamed the Cow-alytic
Converter, looks something like a cross between a gas mask
and a small hot air balloon. The burps are captured with the
mask and stored in the balloon chamber. These are then bled off
regularly to tanks where the methane is stored.
"In addition to the capture and the re-use, the entire project
would generate significant carbon credits to offset the appetite
of the beef loving, tree hugging politicians and the Hollywood
hot-airs that fly around the country in their private jets,"
Kenny said. "It is all about saving this planet and selling
carbon credits. Do you want to buy some?"
Harper Farms, located outside historic Madison, Georgia, raises
beef cattle and its renowned Black Angus that roam the rolling
acres. Visit Harper Farms at their website