Monday December 17, 2018

Knowing why cows ‘moo’ will leave you amused for sure

When cows enter into her breeding period, she gets very local. They don’t want to wait around for one so they let bulls know via mooing that they are ready to make calves

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Today researchers are trying to formulate what exactly cows are saying when they moo. This helps them to understand more deeply about how cows communicate with each other.

Jared Decker, a cattle geneticist at the University of Missouri says that “I can’t translate cow moos into English, but there are certain times when you can tell when the cattle are communicating with one another.”

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Reasons behind mooing that you will find amusing

  • Finding friends – Cows moo in order to find new friends when they go to a new location. When cows are shifted to a new environment then they moo and figure out their surroundings. Mooing is the way of their investigating. Cows like plain and boring routines but given a chance they also like to explore new lands with their friends.
  • In search of a boyfriend – When cows enter into her breeding period, she gets very local. They don’t want to wait around for one so they let bulls know via mooing that they are ready to make calves.
  • In search of their calf or their mother – When a mother cow is not able to find her calf then she makes a loud, high pitched moo call. When their calves are close a significant decrease in frequency of their moo has been noticed. Calves moo when they need milk and also when they need their mother. Moms and babies recognize each other voices.
  • I’m hungry – Cows moo when they are hungry. This time, their call is for the farmer to give them some hay. They will complain if their stomach is empty.
  • Want to be milked – Cows are very generous animals. They don’t demand anything except for punctual milking schedules. If one is not punctual and goes few hours late then they become all cranky and start mooing telling to hurry up.
  • Time to play – Cows have their playtime. They like to play with other cows. Cows will playfully moo when they are head butting with each other or when they are jumping around.
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Exploring lands, Wikimedia commons

So be it cow-municating or Com’moo’nicating, we know now why do cows moo.

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-by Pritam

Pritam is pursuing engineering and is an intern at NewsGram. Twitter handle: @pritam_gogreen

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  • AJ Krish

    It is quite interesting to know why cows ‘moo’.It is hilarious!

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Farms In The USA Affected Due To Rise In Ocean And Salinity Levels

Farming the land may not be the best option. Another choice is to give in to nature and turn fields into wetlands.

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Dr. Jessica Ball of USGS, a geologist and volcanologist who does research at the US Geological Survey, is updating Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists on the ground during a helicopter overflight of the ocean entry of the fissure 8 lava flow where a laze (lava haze) plume is visible over the active parts of the flow margin near Kapoho, Hawaii, June 8, 2018. VOA

The fields grow shoulder-high with weeds out the window of Bob Fitzgerald’s Ford pickup. The drive through Fitzgerald’s neighborhood in Princess Anne, Maryland, is a tour of dying forests and abandoned cropland.

“A few years ago, all of this was a good farm,” he said. “And it’s gone, as a farm.”

The land along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay has been sinking for centuries. But climate change is adding a second whammy. As the sea level rises, salt water is seeping into the water table, deeper and deeper inland. The ground is becoming too salty for crops to grow.

Maryland’s Eastern Shore is home to some of the oldest farms in America. Fitzgerald’s dates back to 1666. He’s seen big changes in his lifetime.

“You just can’t believe how it’s taking things over in the last 15 or 20 years,” Fitzgerald said. “I can show you land around here that people raised tomatoes on when I was a little boy. And now it’s gone.”

Around the world, scientists warn that coastal farms are under threat from rising seas and encroaching salt water. A World Bank report estimates rice yields in coastal areas of Bangladesh may fall by more than 15 percent by 2050. Another report found that hundreds of millions of people will likely be displaced by rising waters.

Kate Tully aims to help keep Eastern Shore farmers in business as the seas rise.

The University of Maryland agroecologist had seen the “ghost forests” of dying pine trees killed by the increasingly salty soil. When she started looking at maps, she said, “I realized that a lot of the land that was upslope wasn’t just forests, it was farms. And so I started poking around and talking to people and asking if this was an issue on farms.”

It was. But “a lot of people hadn’t really been talking about it” outside their own communities, she said.

With a new $1.1 million research grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Tully and her colleagues are aiming to give farmers options.

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Farmer Joe Layton Jr., of Vienna, stands in a field of recently planted soybean crop Wednesday, June 11, 2003. In front soybeans begin to sprout up but because of the wet weather, many seeds rotted in the soil and did not sprout. VOA

Test plots scattered around the Eastern Shore are trying out different crops.

“One thing that I’m very pleasantly surprised about is how well the sorghum does,” Tully said. The grain crop may be a good choice to feed the roughly 600 million chickens raised in the region each year. It’s a hardy crop that can handle salt, drought and heavy rains.

Tully’s group is also testing barley to supply the growing microbrew industry; the oilseed canola; switchgrass, a possible biofuel crop; and salt-tolerant soybeans.

Just being able to grow a crop isn’t enough, though. It also has to be profitable. An economist on the team will be running the numbers.

“I never want to recommend something that would make farmers go out of business,” Tully said.

But farming the land may not be the best option. Another choice is to give in to nature and turn fields into wetlands.

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Farm in countryside, Pixabay

Wetlands attract waterfowl. Waterfowl attract hunters.

“There’s money in duck hunting,” Tully said. Hunting clubs will pay farmers for exclusive access to wetlands on their property. “It can be a lucrative pathway.”

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Tully and her colleagues are just getting started. It will be a few years before they have recommendations for what will sustain communities that have been farming this land for centuries.

“There’s a lot of history there. And as these seas rise, some of that history is going underwater,” Tully said. “And I find that to be a pretty moving, pretty motivating reason to try to figure out what we can do for these farmers.” (VOA)