Painting cows like zebras keeps away flies

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A new study has found that painting cows with zebra stripes could keep flies away.

Biting flies are serious pests for livestock, which cause economic losses in animal production. 

The study by Japanese researchers found that black cows painted with zebra stripes were nearly 50% less likely to suffer from the bites.

Researchers used six Japanese Black cows with different paint designs in the study.

The treatments were black-and-white painted stripes, black painted stripes, and no stripes (all-black body surface). 

The numbers of biting flies on the cows painted with black-and-white stripes were significantly lower than those on non-painted cows and cows painted only with black stripes.

It’s hoped the study will help provide farmers with some solutions which will be better for animal welfare and human health.

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Smart Jimmy
Smart Jimmy
2 years ago

What!?

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

Woah

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

That amazing!

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

this is a great way to help Nz farms!

MULLY
MULLY
2 years ago

How?

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

wow.

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

cool

Holly
Holly
2 years ago

wow I never new that?

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

wow thats cool and really helpful for the new zealand farmers

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

Thats good

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

Wow So CooL

Jesse
Jesse
2 years ago

wow.

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

Amazing!!! I’m ‘so excited’.

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

nice

XxwolfboyxX
XxwolfboyxX
1 year ago

I thought is was how they stink!!! (like my brother)

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