Have you ever wondered why nobody has invented a urinal-type toilet system for cows? Well, now one company has!
Hanskamp Agrotech, a Dutch company, have developed a system called the “cow toilet” with the aim of solving the problem of ammonia emissions within dairy farming. The system has been in the development stage since 2016 and is expected to hit markets in 2020 and reduces ammonia emissions by preventing urine from ending up with solid manure.
The design -
The design works like a urinal system, but for cows. The “Cow Toilet” collects urine before it gets the chance to hit the ground and is an automated system.
The CowToilet, pictured above, is designed for use when cows enter feeding areas. Then the bucket/urine collector automatically moves towards the back-end of the cow, moving up and down searching for the nerve that causes cows to urinate when touched, the escutcheon.
The reservoir of the CowToilet then collects any urine and it is then stored separately from any solid manure waste. The system is designed so that cows will begin to use it on a voluntary basis, which will subsequently help decrease a farmer’s workload over time and in turn, the farms' ammonia emissions.
Are toilets the thing of the future? See how the design works in the video below!