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Odd Invention: Idle Livestock Hit the Treadmill to Generate Electricity For Farms

 
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Cow Power The Livestock Power Mill gives bovines plenty of exercise while providing green energy. If the planet’s 1.3 billion cattle used treadmills for eight hours a day, they would provide 6 percent of the world’s power. William Taylor

Instead of milling around aimlessly in pens, as most cows do, William Taylor’s herd is put to work. As they eat, they walk on an electricity-generating treadmill.

Taylor has invented, among other contraptions, a better manure mixer and a pen that prevents cows from kicking vets during medical procedures on his farm in Northern Ireland.


But this was his first foray into making power. Cows walk as many as eight hours a day while grazing, and one day Taylor realized that he could turn that free motion into electricity. On his Livestock Power Mill, a cow stands on a nonpowered inclined belt that the animal will slowly slide down unless it walks forward, turning the belt, which spins a gearbox to drive a generator. A feed box entices the cow to keep trekking. The one-cow prototype generates up to two kilowatts, enough to power four milking machines. A small farm could earn back a 50-cow system’s estimated $100,000 price in three years.

Some studies suggest that cows that exercise make more milk, so Taylor plans to study the system’s health benefits this fall. As a bonus, he speculates that it might cut cattle’s methane problem—cows burp up to 20 percent of the world’s emissions of this powerful greenhouse gas. Humans, he notes, tend to be more gassy if they lounge around. “Helping cows produce less methane while cranking out energy should get them better PR.”
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two cows could run a house!
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two cows could run a house!
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It made me think of draft horses and old style mills, hopefully farmers that utilize this will be kinder to the cows!! peace
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Finally.

Been thinking "why not?".

Way cool.
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That is a seriously awesome invention.
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Finally.

Been thinking "why not?".

Way cool.
 Quoting: Accidental Stoner 767025


peace
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poor cows
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That is a seriously awesome invention.
 Quoting: The Philosopher Stoned

i think it IS a terrific idea, at least as far as the farmers are concerned.

i hope the cows will get alternated- some days in the pasture some on the treadmill... i would hate to think they'd be trapped indoors their entire lives, walking to nowhere.

Last Edited by Thoughts Faux Fodder on 04/16/2010 07:39 PM
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Yes, I hate to think of any animal trapped on an endless treadmill. When I see a dog tied to a moving bicycle it makes me cringe when I see that.
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poor cows
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How so?
Good exercise -> healthier & happier cow,
especially in the wintertime.


Peace.
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poor cows


How so?
Good exercise -> healthier & happier cow,
especially in the wintertime.


Peace.
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=One tough Steak!
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That is a seriously awesome invention.

i think it IS a terrific idea, at least as far as the farmers are concerned.

i hope the cows will get alternated- some days in the pasture some on the treadmill... i would hate to think they'd be trapped indoors their entire lives, walking to nowhere.
 Quoting: Thoughts Faux Fodder

I'm thinking how awesome it would be to throw my goats on there. All they ever do is spend their time trying to break out. If we could make them productive instead that would be the bee's knees!
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poor cows


How so?
Good exercise -> healthier & happier cow,
especially in the wintertime.


Peace.

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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 945082

they are talking about milk cows, and say it may up production with possibly less methane production.
If we are going to continue farming livestock, it makes sense to become as efficient as possible in all ways,without increasing misery on those animals.
just my opinion.

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That is a seriously awesome invention.

i think it IS a terrific idea, at least as far as the farmers are concerned.

i hope the cows will get alternated- some days in the pasture some on the treadmill... i would hate to think they'd be trapped indoors their entire lives, walking to nowhere.

I'm thinking how awesome it would be to throw my goats on there. All they ever do is spend their time trying to break out. If we could make them productive instead that would be the bee's knees!
 Quoting: The Philosopher Stoned

lol i got a heck of a visual from that, i love goats, we used to have 2 and will be getting milk goats once we move :-)
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Re: Odd Invention: Idle Livestock Hit the Treadmill to Generate Electricity For Farms
That is a seriously awesome invention.

i think it IS a terrific idea, at least as far as the farmers are concerned.

i hope the cows will get alternated- some days in the pasture some on the treadmill... i would hate to think they'd be trapped indoors their entire lives, walking to nowhere.
 Quoting: Thoughts Faux Fodder


Yes, me too.
But the real problem there is the insanity of the War On Small Scale going on,
methinks.

When I was a kid, we got our milk, all summer long, from a farm nearby our
cabin, where one lady farmer seemed to get by and thrive with 10 animals
or so...
Loved to hear her singing calls for the cows to get back indoors echoing along
the waterfront in the evenings.
Pure magic! :)
Nowadays, you'd need to multiply that number of cows with at least 20, before
you can even call it a farm.
A bit sad for my own kids, thay never got to experience that kind of thing.

That endlessly beautiful rural landscape has turned into something much more
industrial-looking...and I don't like it one bit.
The population of this country back then was 5 million.
We're still (minus the new...ummh...immigrants) about 5 mil.
So...why?

Seems to me the War On Small Scale is just another modus operandi of the
much bigger War On Love, that's been going on for Lord knows how many
centuries/millennia.

Sorry for long, off-topic rant.


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Give the cows a T.V. to watch and the barn would be just like a Gold's gym or Bally's.
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=One tough Steak!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 945082


lmao

Didn't occur to me,
since I do not eat meat myself.
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Yes, me too.
But the real problem there is the insanity of the War On Small Scale going on,
methinks.

When I was a kid, we got our milk, all summer long, from a farm nearby our
cabin, where one lady farmer seemed to get by and thrive with 10 animals
or so...
Loved to hear her singing calls for the cows to get back indoors echoing along
the waterfront in the evenings.
Pure magic! :)
Nowadays, you'd need to multiply that number of cows with at least 20, before
you can even call it a farm.
A bit sad for my own kids, thay never got to experience that kind of thing.

That endlessly beautiful rural landscape has turned into something much more
industrial-looking...and I don't like it one bit.
The population of this country back then was 5 million.
We're still (minus the new...ummh...immigrants) about 5 mil.
So...why?

Seems to me the War On Small Scale is just another modus operandi of the
much bigger War On Love, that's been going on for Lord knows how many
centuries/millennia.

Sorry for long, off-topic rant.


Peace.
 Quoting: Accidental Stoner 767025


i agree with you - we live close to what used to be a dairy town but most of the farms are long closed. My mom used to get raw milk from them when we were small , that is a crime now, due to food safety laws.
Gotta protect us from everything y'know ......... sigh
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It's not a new idea...I saw a 'treadmill' for draft animals in a museum once, I think it powered a thresher
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poor cows


How so?
Good exercise -> healthier & happier cow,
especially in the wintertime.


Peace.

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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 945082



You don't generally eat milk cows.



Though old ones, beyond milk producing, are used in ground beef sold to instituions and fast food chains.



Awesome invention BTW!
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Give the cows a T.V. to watch and the barn would be just like a Gold's gym or Bally's.
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sheeplebah ... next up on Bovine tv, the cud report... lol
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Peace.

=One tough Steak!



You don't generally eat milk cows.



Though old ones, beyond milk producing, are used in ground beef sold to instituions and fast food chains.



Awesome invention BTW!
 Quoting: Rev. Moon Jew

I didn't know that , thanks! hf peace
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Maybe we should do this with congress
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Maybe we should do this with congress
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 945099

rofl

oddly enough , one of my first thoughts was, wow , this could open up a whole new job industry from people powered energy.
i bet people wouldn't be as consistent as the cows tho.lolsign
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Re: Odd Invention: Idle Livestock Hit the Treadmill to Generate Electricity For Farms
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Cow Power The Livestock Power Mill gives bovines plenty of exercise while providing green energy. If the planet’s 1.3 billion cattle used treadmills for eight hours a day, they would provide 6 percent of the world’s power. William Taylor

Instead of milling around aimlessly in pens, as most cows do, William Taylor’s herd is put to work. As they eat, they walk on an electricity-generating treadmill.

Taylor has invented, among other contraptions, a better manure mixer and a pen that prevents cows from kicking vets during medical procedures on his farm in Northern Ireland.


But this was his first foray into making power. Cows walk as many as eight hours a day while grazing, and one day Taylor realized that he could turn that free motion into electricity. On his Livestock Power Mill, a cow stands on a nonpowered inclined belt that the animal will slowly slide down unless it walks forward, turning the belt, which spins a gearbox to drive a generator. A feed box entices the cow to keep trekking. The one-cow prototype generates up to two kilowatts, enough to power four milking machines. A small farm could earn back a 50-cow system’s estimated $100,000 price in three years.

Some studies suggest that cows that exercise make more milk, so Taylor plans to study the system’s health benefits this fall. As a bonus, he speculates that it might cut cattle’s methane problem—cows burp up to 20 percent of the world’s emissions of this powerful greenhouse gas. Humans, he notes, tend to be more gassy if they lounge around. “Helping cows produce less methane while cranking out energy should get them better PR.”
 Quoting: Thoughts Faux Fodder


Do the cows have to have emissions testing done on them?
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Do the cows have to have emissions testing done on them?
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i bet so and bovine flatulence omission occurrence inspector may move to the top of my worlds worst job list....

the current holder is : Pig Titillator. [link to blog.ted.com]

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It's not a new idea...I saw a 'treadmill' for draft animals in a museum once, I think it powered a thresher
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 944675

so it's a new application for an old idea.. good to know, thanks :-) :peace:
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