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FAQ1: Waikato isn't an agricultural university, is it?

FAQ2: Cows fart greenhouse gases, right?


Waikato isn't an agricultural university, is it?

No,  the Universtiy of Waikato isn't an agricultural university in the same way as, say, Massey or Lincoln. But we lie in the heart of the Waikato, where 25% of New Zealand's scientists are based, and the University is part of a cluster of research institutions that also includes AgResearch, Landcare, and Niwa.

And if you look through this site, you'll see that a large proportion of our research has a strong, applied focus on the primary production sector.

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Cows fart greenhouse gases, right?

Cows don't fart greenhouse gases! Because cows and other ruminants produce methane in the rumen, which is one of their stomach chambers, they release the gas from their guts by belching. On the other hand, because pigs and other monogastric animals produce methane in their large intestine, they do let it out by farting.
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