Flatulent cows’ blast reveals dairy farming perils

By Rod Addy

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags Cattle Pressure Global warming

Just gassing – the blast was fuelled by flatulent dairy cows
Just gassing – the blast was fuelled by flatulent dairy cows
Flatulent cows sparked an explosion in a farm shed at Rasdorf in Germany, according to a report published by international news agency Reuters, indicating some of the risks inherent in dairy farming.

Methane gas from the noxious emissions accumulated in the building and “a static charge caused the gas to explode with flashes of flames”, Reuters claimed​, quoting a local police statement.

Treated for burns

Citing the statement, Reuters said the methane had been released from a total of 90 cows, one of which was treated for burns after the incident on Monday (January 27).

The roof of the shed was reportedly also damaged in the explosion.

The methane given off by cows and other ruminants has been a major concern of environmental and animal welfare groups.

They have argued it contributes significantly to global warming, using the phenomenon to press for cuts in the consumption of meat from farmed animals.

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