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As y’all know, I often concern myself over cow happenings whether I want to or not. I find myself needing to know obscure facts about calf pulls, windmills, and tracking of all sort of animals that might be a cow or might be something that regards cows as prey. I hunt bulls, I track calves, I run after whichever has escaped. I help brand them, feed them, order ear tags, give them medicine, count them over and over, and I eat them. One thing I do not concern myself over, and never will, is cow farts. Yup, cow farts. This headline caught my wandering attention as I browsed so-called “news:”

We have grossly underestimated how much cow farts are contributing to global warming

Really? With all there is to worry about in the world someone has narrowed down their cause to COW FARTS? Well, let me go out on a limb here. Before there were a billion cows, there were sixty million or so buffalo. And deer, sheep, camel, and goats. ALL OF THEM HAVE BEEN FARTING FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS. It’s quite likely that dinosaurs farted too. Perhaps they farted their world right out of existence, and I should be more worried about cow farts. But the thing is, if you want to do something for the environment, go ahead. Stop using plastic, drive less, get solar panels, reuse, and recycle. Garden, buy organic, plant flowers to save the bees. If you’re that fired up about cow farts, go ahead and raise chickens. I just do not have the time to worry about cow farts. In NM, there is LESS cattle ranching going on than ever before. People drink less milk than they used to. Somewhere in there, I suspect the benefits (food) and the detriment (smelly farts and burps) balance out.

When it comes to concerns, this one doesn’t make my list. Keep your cow fart facts to yourself. And any other farts too!

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Posted: September 29, 2017


  1. πŸ™‚ You brought a smile to my face. And I agree with you – although my lifestyle is completely different from yours. These sort of articles are why I questions Everything the news media prints for accuracy and reliability.

    Comment by MaryJo Dawson — September 29, 2017 @ 2:14 pm

  2. Absolutely agree with you, Mary Jo.

    I saw a thing on TV where this cattle rancher harnessed the cow farts which produce methane gas and he used it to run everything in his house.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — September 29, 2017 @ 7:34 pm

  3. And enlightened feedlots and dairies capture those and burn them as fuel. We’re just behind here in the states, as usual.

    Comment by Karen — September 29, 2017 @ 8:54 pm

  4. I am not collecting cow farts! I refuse! Even if I told Dad, he’d fall over laughing at the idea of wasting time with extra work (we don’t have an enclosed space. It’s 1000 acres of rough desert. NO ONE IS GOING TO BE COLLECTING COW FARTS.)

    There’s always a better answer than shouting, “Global warming” at every turn. I actually read the article. Like lots of articles of its ilk, it doesn’t offer a plan or a solution or even IDEAS. The ones that do spout an idea just shout about government intervention–as though any government has ever improved a single situation that requires thought.

    Comment by Maria — September 30, 2017 @ 9:53 am

  5. If the scientists would look back at the weather conditions over several thousands of years of history, they would easily be able to conclude that climate change is inevitable. It doesn’t matter if the world is covered in fossil fuel emissions, or wood burning fireplaces, or peat campfires, there will be climate change. I believe it was in the 70’s that scientists were predicting another ice age.

    I’m sure they do know this but choose to ignore it. Otherwise, they would have nowhere to shout that “the sky is falling.”

    Poor guys. They have to have something to scare us about. Eggs are bad then eggs are good. Coffee is really bad, but now it appears to be good.

    Oh, Maria, how hard can it be to put diapers on all those cows with a little collection bag attached? <margaretduckstoavoidMaria'sswingingbroom)

    Comment by Margaret Lake — September 30, 2017 @ 4:09 pm

  6. FEAR the broom, Margaret! FEAR the broom!!!

    Comment by Maria — September 30, 2017 @ 6:42 pm


    Comment by Leo — October 1, 2017 @ 6:52 am

  8. Leo, I don’t want to know how you know about the farts. But hey, you go ahead and capture them and put them in your gas tank. Let us know if the mileage works for you. πŸ™‚

    Comment by Maria — October 1, 2017 @ 8:20 am

  9. Well if you are within a certain distance you can’t keep from hearing the evidence. No capturing, not my cattle. The fencing looks pretty good so I don’t think any capturing will become necessary either.

    Comment by Leo — October 1, 2017 @ 10:49 am

  10. Oh, too good! What fun to read all of these comments! There are some sane people left in the world after all!

    Comment by MaryJo Dawson — October 1, 2017 @ 3:08 pm

  11. I’m kind of hoping you don’t mean Leo’s comment when you refer to sane… πŸ™‚

    Comment by Maria — October 1, 2017 @ 3:32 pm

  12. HA! I’m sure mine were top of the list! πŸ™‚

    Comment by Leo — October 1, 2017 @ 4:43 pm


    Comment by Margaret Lake — October 1, 2017 @ 10:08 pm

  14. Y’all are LOONS.

    Comment by Maria — October 2, 2017 @ 9:39 am

  15. Leo’s comment seemed sane to me when compared with an individual warning the world the end is near because of cow farts. πŸ™‚

    Comment by Mary Jo Dawson — October 2, 2017 @ 4:40 pm

  16. πŸ™‚

    Comment by Maria — October 2, 2017 @ 8:44 pm

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