New Additions

New Additions

The final two calves arrive – you would be forgiven to think that they are the wrong way around! Red Rocket the red cow has a black and white heifer calf and Rosebank the black and white cow has the light brown (dun) bull calf!

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Just had this brilliant explanation from Christine at Smiling Tree Farm
"a. Carbon cycling through a cow started as CO2 already in the atmosphere, sucked in by plants, eaten by the cow, fermented by rumen microbes, burped out as CH4 and is oxidised sooner or later back to the CO2 in the atmosphere from whence it came, it has not ADDED any carbon and is not causing any warming.

b. The recent increases in methane in the atmosphere have been clearly attributed to fossil carbon & wetlands / rice paddies, not cows.

c. The fossil carbon industry spend billions, literally billions, on lobbying to ensure that papers like this one from Oxford Martin do not get wide publicity and definitely not used by climate scientists, because it would point the finger squarely where it belongs - our addiction to fossil carbon, of which every atom we burn does ADD to the atmospheric load.

So I wouldn’t get tied up in knots over cows, they and the methane they burp are not the problem - they only become a problem if fossil carbon is burned in the process of raising or feeding them, or if grazing practices release, rather than sequester carbon in the soil. "

It all makes sense.... my cows on Flanders Moss require minimum fossil fuels to produce the steak on your table.
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Surely though the CH4 is a more potent greenhouse gas, and that is the issue? Only reverts to CO2 over long term? So there is an impact, although I hear what you are saying about low input beef.

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