Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Got Powerade?

Mooooove over "Got Milk?" and Sidney Crosby! Will cows one day be in Gatorade advertising?

Australia exports over 4 million cattle and sheep a year, mainly to the Middle East, but animal welfare concerns have prompted calls to ban the practice. Temperatures can soar to over 40 °C with 80 per cent humidity as ships pass through the tropics, causing the animals to become severely stressed, suffer respiratory distress, lose weight and even die.

Now a study aboard a ship bound for the Middle East has found that adding measured amounts of sodium bicarbonate and potassium chloride to water increased the weight of 39 steers by 3 per cent compared to 40 steers that drank plain water (Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture, vol 47, p 119).


Source: New Scientist

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