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School Journal article with key words: Animals
Life in Other Lands
When Rose Hudson was living in the Falkland Islands ... Once, late at night, Rose lay in bed frozen with terror, listening to repeated tapping on her windows. Finally, she summoned enough courage to get up and surrender herself to the mercy of the invading Argentinian Army . . . of cows.
The approval for the use of transgenic cows producing the potential anti-multiple sclerosis drug (MBP) in New Zealand has generated a lot of discussion. Here are links to different points of view from New Zealand
Using mathematics in a farming context. Students undertaking this activity need to be at stage 7 or better. They will be required to solve problems involving percentages and metric conversions, so they will need to have a reasonable understanding of equivalent fractions. Knowledge of how to use a computer spreadsheet, including entering formulae, is important.
Dr Graeme Atwood, AgReseach scientist, discusses his team's research into reducing methane production by understanding more about the bacteria involved. They have published the first map of a rumen methanogen DNA sequence that may result in the reduction of methane produced by ruminant livestock.