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Burp-less sheep to be bred in Australia

Posted on Monday, 18 January, 2010 | Comment icon 6 comments | News tip by: behaviour???


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In a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions scientists are planning to breed sheep that burp less - but is this going too far ?

Two thirds of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed to livestock, two thirds of which being methane. With pressure on to reduce these emissions scientists are looking to breed the animals to be less flatulent.

"Australian scientists are hoping to breed burp-less sheep in a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by storminateacup on 17 January, 2010, 13:20
I thought the issue was the amount that comes out of the other end? "Methane is the exhaust from livestock, and just as you can't put your hand over the exhaust pipe of a car and expect it to keep running we're treading carefully to reduce emissions without causing other problems," he said. Can see it now... Australian farmers report massive exploding sheep problems.
Comment icon #2 Posted by DurgaMata on 18 January, 2010, 14:36
Any chance we can breed abstemious humans?
Comment icon #3 Posted by expandmymind on 18 January, 2010, 17:26
anything to keep the grants coming i suppose.
Comment icon #4 Posted by psyche101 on 19 January, 2010, 0:19
A Roo steak sorts the problem out. Shame Roo does not taste so good.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Paracelse on 19 January, 2010, 7:07
Questions used to be asked at the supermarket: Paper or Plastic, Cash or Charge, and now Burping or Non-Burping :P
Comment icon #6 Posted by danielost on 19 January, 2010, 18:21
hate to be a shepard now. have to go out once a day and put hand down sheep's throat to relieve gas build up. of course that is better than having to do same at other end.


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