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Consider this: If you have cows, you have manure and therefore an untapped resource for electricity, fertilizer and more. Cow manure, as it decomposes, produces methane gas. This gas is an extremely prevalent contributor to greenhouse emissions and global warming. By trapping the methane gas produced by cow manure, farmers are able to harness it and create the renewable energy source known as cow power. Many farmers are turning to cow power in an attempt to be more eco-friendly and to compensate for the rising costs of farming.

Bio Gas Installation on a farm processing Cow Dung as a side business activity
The process of creating cow power is relatively simple. Cow manure is collected and mixed with local compost worthy scraps. The mixture is then stored in a holding tank with the rinse water from the farm’s daily equipment cleaning. The holding tank is kept at precisely the same temperature as the inside of a cow’s stomach so that the natural bacteria in the manure can digest and break down the mixture, resulting in biogas. In approximately three weeks, the process is complete and the biogas is passed to an engine which fuels a generator, thus creating electricity.

Electricity from biogas power station using animal waste.
The electricity that is created from the extracted methane gas is more than enough to power the farms that create it, and then some. Several farms have partnered with their local utility companies to offer cow power as an alternative energy source to their community. Customer participants need no special equipment and have the option of receiving all, or just a portion of their kilowatt usage through this innovate renewable energy source. People who choose to participate in these programs may see a slight rise in their cost of electricity, but that price increase goes to helping other local farms purchase the equipment needed to convert the cow manure. By helping local farmers, communities build strength, and the farms’ main production goods are kept at reasonable prices.

Cow power provides numerous benefits to the farmer. Aside from the sale of excess electricity, cow power conversion produces some valuable byproducts. When the methane is extracted from the cow manure, what is left is a mixture of solids and liquids. This mixture is then separated into liquid fertilizer, and animal bedding. The fertilizer is of high quality, and nearly odorless compared to the traditional alternative. The solid portion of the biofuel waste is dried and compressed, resulting in clean, comfortable animal bedding.

The renewable energy created by the decomposition of cow manure takes hazardous gasses that would normally be released into our environment and turns them into a clean, usable utility. The process of creating cow power renewable energy is kept affordable by community cooperation and a public interest in eco-friendly living.

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Some Things To Know About Keeping Goats

We’ve talked about the pros and cons of keeping goats, but there are a few tips I can give you so you don’t have to learn some things by way of surprise. By knowing these things now, you won’t be shocked when they happen later. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you keep goats on your farm.

They Like To Have Company

I may have mentioned this before but I’ll tell you again: goats like to stay in herds so you should never keep a lone goat. Being with other goats allow them to feel safe and protected, even though there’s no real harm. Goats are fairly social animals so it can greatly affect their mental health when you decide to keep just one on the farm without any company.

They Get Distressed Easily

When you first bring them onto a farm, your goats will get distressed easily, even when you think that there’s no problem. That’s why you should make things as convenient for them as possible; place their food and water within reach and don’t keep any obstacles in the fence. Never bind them to a post because that can affect their health. Instead, stick to good fencing and let them roam free in it.

Be Careful With Billy Goats

When you see your Billy goats in a rut, you should be careful to leave them be since they’re very dangerous in such a situation. In addition, if you want to avoid a rut, you should think twice about keeping Billy goats on your farm in the first place. For breeding, you can always borrow bucks from neighboring farmers and communities when they’re needed.

Never Underestimate the Importance of Good Fencing

During the first couple of weeks, goats may appear as the most innocent creatures you’ve seen but this is far from the truth. They’re very active so they love to roam around and explore new areas. For this reason, I always tell farmers that you shouldn’t buy goats before you’ve built a proper fence that keeps them inside.

Make sure that it’s tall enough since they can easily jump over short fences and that it doesn’t have holes, goats have a strange ability to figure out how latches work. Because of this, they can open fence doors with their tongues. If you’re not sure how to set up proper fencing, don’t risk doing a DIY since goats can easily knock down weak fences. Instead, call in a professional to do it.

Your Goat Isn’t ‘Fat’

You shouldn’t cut down on your goat’s feed just because it appears to be pot-bellied. Goats are ruminants so a bigger rumen doesn’t necessarily mean they are getting fat, it could simply indicate good digestion. As long as they’re running and exercising well you shouldn’t be worried.

When you keep these things in mind, you’ll know how to react and prepare yourself for keeping goats on the farm. They are much easier to handle once you’ve experienced a couple of firsts, but I can’t guarantee that they won’t give you a hard time. Happy Farming!


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