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Scientists reveal opportunity to harness cognitive capacities of cattle

Scientists reveal opportunity to harness cognitive capacities of cattle
Researchers at Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology announced that they had trained 11 calves to control their reflexes and urinate only in a designated area

“Our findings are original and reveal a hitherto unrealised opportunity to harness the cognitive capacities of animals to help resolve environmental issues without compromising animal welfare,” the researchers said in their study.Training cattle to deposit most of their urine in a defined location would enable the development of more effective methods to collect, treat and dispose waste than possible with current technical solutions, the researchers said.Scientists demonstrate cattle can be toilet trained Researchers at Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology announced that they had trained 11 calves to control their reflexes and urinate only in a designated area Representational Image Shutterstock | New Delhi | Published 14.Scientists at the Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology, Germany, announced on Monday that they had successfully trained 11 of 16 calves to control their reflexes and urinate only in an area designated as a latrine.

They first confined the calves into a designated latrine area and rewarded them with food each time the calves urinated.They rewarded the calves with food each time they urinated in the latrine and exposed the calves to an unpleasant experience — a three-second water spray — each time they urinated in the alley.

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