Necessity is the mother of invention. The father is unknown.
The following patent was issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office on September 7, 2004.

Seed Coating for Bypassing the Ruminant Digestive Tract

patent#: US 6787150

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posted on 9/7/2004, patent issued on 9/7/2004

Cows eat grass, at least the lucky ones do. Someone has to go through the pasture full of manure to replant the grass after the cows have eaten it. I'd hate to be in his shoes. Or even anywhere near his shoes.

Don't hold your breath any longer! This is a coating to put on grass seeds. The cows eat them, can't digest them, and then spread them through the fields, conveniently fertilized in a pile of their own poop.


Seed Coating for Bypassing the Ruminant Digestive Tract

Comments on Seed Coating for Bypassing the Ruminant Digestive Tract

Joseph | Dec 4, 2005 1:00 AM
If the guy spent that much time making a seed to bypass the digestive tract of cattle, he should have learned that cattle do not eat the grass down to the roots nor do they eat every type of grass/plant in the field. Instead, poor pasture is due to poor management by the cattle producer. Additionally, much of the feedstuff consumed by cattle is broken down my mastication (chewing through a process of reguritation- a.ka. "chewing their cud") and microbial activity within in the rumen. If the teeth don't crush or shred the seed, then there is a bacteria that will begin to grow in the rumen to consume the feedstuff. Anyone that knows cattle, knows that the cattle get their energy from the different microorganism that live and feed within the digestive tract, not the actual feedstuff itself!

Debbie | Dec 7, 2004 1:01 PM
I hate to say it, but this actually makes sense to me. Now how do I get the cows to come crap in my yard?

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