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Jun. 14th, 2006

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Live "sex shows" of bulls mounting a simulated cow have become a big attraction at an agricultural exhibition taking place in New Zealand.

The fake 'cow' -- a small go-kart with natural cowhide on its roof -- was developed by Ambreed New Zealand Ltd. to collect semen from bulls more safely and efficiently and improve artificial breeding of cows.

Similar machines are widely used in Europe but have yet to be introduced in New Zealand, where dairy products are its largest export.

The go-kart, driven by a human operator, draws close to a bull and adjusts to the proper height.

The experience can be a little alarming.

"It's quite a daunting feeling when you consider you've got a bull there that weighs a thousand kilograms sitting on top of you and is in quite an aggressive mood," Andrew Medley, production manager at Ambreed, told Reuters.

Bull semen is commonly obtained using a rubber device known as an artificial vagina which is put in place manually by two handlers.


Awright Bruce. You drew the short straw, so it's your turn to drive the go-kart today.

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sageincave
Jun. 14th, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
Trust me....it's much easier to collect the semen when the bull is in a cooperative mood...
magicmarmot
Jun. 14th, 2006 06:16 pm (UTC)
That you put "trust me" in the beginning makes that all the funnier. Makes me think that some of your summers spent as a youth were a tad agriculturally involved.

I spent a year in Colorado in radio working with some guys who grew up on cattle ranches. The stories that they would tell about collecting bull semen usually involved anal insertion of an electric prod, like a taser to the prostate.

Honestly, it would take a hell of a lot for me to be cooperative with such a thing, especially after the first time. Hell, maybe it feels good to the bull, but I'd much prefer dinner and a movie to anal lube and 30,000 volts.
sageincave
Jun. 14th, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC)
All I have to say is....
....those rumors about me and the sheep are *not* true.
inked2x
Jun. 14th, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC)
"Hell, maybe it feels good to the bull, but I'd much prefer dinner and a movie to anal lube and 30,000 volts."

LMFAO ....

I know several people who would prefer the reverse ... and that scares me ... a lot ...

*still* LMFAO .....
magicmarmot
Jun. 15th, 2006 12:00 am (UTC)
I think that would make a great epitaph.
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