‘Cow toilets’ to cut farm ammonia emissions by collecting up to 35 pints of ...

Udderly ingenious: 'Cow toilets' are installed on Dutch farms to cut ammonia emissions by collecting up to 35 pints of urine produced by each animal each day Dutch inventor has made a new bovine urinal to help cut emissions from cow  The device which collects 15 to 20 litres of urine the average cow produces a day Urinal is in a box placed behind the cow, while in front is a feeding trough Once the cow finishes eating a robot arm stimulates a nerve near the udders, which then makes it want to urinate 

By Victoria Bell For Mailonline

Published: 10:24 BST, 1 April 2019 | Updated: 11:34 BST, 1 April 2019

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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

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

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