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Tinder-style app for cows tries to help the meat market

So you think the dating scene is like a meat market? Well, wait till you hear about the latest matchmaking app. Following the example of Tinder, UK farming start-up Hectare has launched its own equivalent for livestock and called it Tudder. The app features data profiles of animals from 42,000 UK farms in an effort to help farmers find the perfect breeding partner for their cattle. Farmers can view pictures of bulls or cows and swipe right to show interest. Hectare Agritech, which also runs online grain marketplace Graindex, says…

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Technology 

How 5G connectivity could keep these hi-tech cows healthy

At an experimental hi-tech dairy farm in Somerset, cows are treated to automated milking and feeding as well as collars that beam health and behavioural data to farmers. Superfast 5G connectivity will facilitate video and satellite data being sent and analysed much more quickly, enabling “precision grazing” and earlier intervention by vets when cows fall ill. Reporter: Matthew Wall; video editor: Hannah Gelbart. Click here for more stories, features and videos about 5G in our Connected World series Source link

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Science 

From burping cows and food miles to greenhouse gasses

The global livestock population is at an all-time high of 28 billion animals, and animal agriculture is the highest source of greenhouse gases methane and nitrous oxide. The amount of methane produced by livestock farming is predicted to rise by 60 percent over the next 11 years, which could be catastrophic for combating climate change. So what changes should we make to our eating habits? David Shukman reports. Source link

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Escaped cows fled to drive-thru McDonald’s in Mold

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPassers-by shared footage of the cows at McDonald’s on social media Cattle that escaped from an overturned trailer and fled into a drive-thru McDonald’s have been rounded up. “Chaos” was reported in Mold, Flintshire, on Friday morning after the trailer transporting cattle crashed on a roundabout in the town centre. North Wales Police had warned drivers of traffic congestion following the incident at about 08:00 BST. Officers have now confirmed all of the livestock have been “safely rounded up and are unhurt”.…

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Mooed awakening as cows ‘invade street’ in Maulden

Image copyright Rob Morris Image caption The cows were eventually moved thanks to a “police escort” Residents in a village cul-de-sac were awoken by the “sound of mooing” when about 40 cows invaded their street. Homeowners in Maulden, Bedfordshire, were disturbed by the herd outside their window at about 07:00 BST. Rob Morris, who lives on John Bunyan Close, said he and some neighbours teamed up to pen the escaped cattle into a driveway until help came. The animals were eventually reclaimed by an “apologetic” farmer and taken home with…

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Lifestyle 

Cows make annual pilgrimage to greener pastures in southern France

SAINT-COME-D’OLT, France (Reuters) – Wearing colorful headdresses, floral decorations and large bells around their necks, herds of cows headed up toward the Aubrac Plateau in southern France over the weekend in an annual trip toward greener pastures for the summer months. Each year, farmers from around the area in the elevated Massif Central region organize festivities to mark the occasion when the animals leave the valley, where they spend winter, for better quality grass higher up in the mountains. Some of the Aubrac cows, which are known for their hardiness,…

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