Summit-Quinphos, an agricultural company in New Zealand worried at the amount of nitrogen leaching from pasture, has invented a spray device to attach to the tails of cattle.
The Tail-Activated Urine-Incorporation of Nitrogen Extender (TAURINE) will fire a blast of nitrogen inhibitor into the urine patch every time the beast lifts its tail to answer the call of nature.
A switch mounted under the tail triggers spraycans attached to the animal’s ankle.
Jamie Blennerhasset of Summit-Quinphos insists the development is bona fide: “I can confirm that it is actually real. We have working models.”
Blennerhasset added that the device need not be worn by the cow all year, as nitrogen-leaching rates varied seasonally.
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