[permaculture] Nazi-bred super cows will save the dung beetles! - Boing Boing
Lawrence F. London, Jr.
lflj at intrex.net
Thu Apr 23 01:46:43 EDT 2009
Nazi-bred super cows will save the dung beetles!
Posted by Mark Frauenfelder, April 22, 2009 12:56 PM | permalink
Steven Morris of The Guardian reports on a herd cows in Devon that were bred by a pair of brothers who wanted to
recreate the aurochs, "an extinct European wild ox" that "features as an important beast in Teutonic mythology."
Derek Gow believes Heck cattle - which, he says, "look prehistoric" - could one day have an important conservation
role, taking the place of aurochs in the environment. "They would be ideal for a reintroduction programme in Britain
because they don't need human attention."
He added: "They are an important part of the ecosystem because each cow produces its own weight in dung a year.
That is excellent for the whole food chain, from dung beetles upwards."
Nazi-bred super cows roam farm in Devon
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