By Victoria Bell For Mailonline
Published: 10:24 BST, 1 April 2019 | Updated: 11:34 BST, 1 April 2019
A Dutch inventor has developed a 'cow toilet' to help cut ammonia emissions from cow urine that cause environmental pollution.
Tests on the device, which collects around 26 to 35 pints (15 to 20 litres) of urine produced daily by a single cow, have started on a farm in the country.
Inventor Henk Hanskamp claims the device could halve the ammonia emissions from cows, which account for almost half (49 per cent) of agricultural ammonia pollution.
This type of contamination has multiple negative impacts on both the environment and human health and can threaten aquatic wildlife and contribute to smog.
The small-scale tests are being conducted in the Netherlands, the world's second-biggest agricultural exporter behind the United States.
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Teaching cows to use the toilet is not the easiest task, but a Dutch inventor is banking on a new bovine urinal to help cut emissions that cause environmental damage. This image shows the device at the rear of a cow
'We are tackling the problem at the source,' said Mr Hanskamp, the Dutch inventor and businessman behind the 'Cow Toilet', told AFP.
'A cow is never going to be completely clean but you can teach them to go to the toilet.'
The urinal is in a box placed behind the cow, while in front is a feeding