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Obituary: Sharon Reed, Coudersport (Shinglehouse and Portville)

Supplement may help to reduce cows’ belching…..Senior Citizens warned about another scam…..State police at Lewis Run are looking for 17 year old runaway…..Wellsboro woman accused of pushing another during a parking lot fight…..

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You may have heard some environmentalists suggesting that part of our global warming is due to cow flatulence. In fact, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York City said we should stop eating beef in order to reduce that methane emission however she apparently doesn’t know that cows also produce milk.  Research inidicates a feed supplement for dairy cows cuts their methane emission by about a quarter.The addition of 3-Nitrooxypropanol to the feed of dairy cows reduced their enteric methane emissions by about 25% in a recently published study — one in a series of Penn State studies of the investigational substance in the United States — which might be an early step toward it being approved for use in this country.Often referred to as 3-NOP, the compound inhibits an enzyme that is crucial to the final stage of methane synthesis in a cow’s rumen. When 3-NOP is fed to cattle, their methane production is inhibitedaccording to  researchers at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.In addition to exploring 3-NOP’s effect on enteric methane emissions, the 15-week study conducted at the Penn State Dairy Teaching and Research Center examined 3-NOP’s influence on rumen fermentation, lactational performance, sensory properties of milk and the resumption of ovarian cycles in 56 lactating dairy cows. The results, which were published in the Journal of Dairy Science, confirmed those of other 3-NOP trials conducted at Penn State and around the world. Compared with the control group, cows ingesting 3-NOP decreased their daily methane emissions by 26%, methane yield by 21% and methane emission intensity by 25%. Significantly, the investigational substance did not affect lactational performance of the cows and in fact increased their feed efficiency per unit of milk yield. The sensory properties of milk from cows fed 3-NOP and cheese made from that milk were not affected by treatment.Methane — a natural byproduct of digestion in ruminants — is released by cows into the atmosphere mostly through belching. So, the results of 3-NOP trials are viewed by many scientists as critical, if the carbon footprint of dairy and beef cattle production is to be reduced to help slow climate change, 3-NOP is the only substance that has worked significantly in reducing enteric methane in cattle and not had unacceptable effects on milk production or quality.The Penn State research, including other studies completed or currently underway, is a critical step in the approval process for 3-NOP use in the United States and around the world, Hristov argues Dutch health and nutrition giant DSM, which has a patent on 3-NOP, already has applied to European regulators for authorization to sell the compound as a cattle feed additive. The company hopes to launch the product in the European Union by early 2021, followed by registrations in other regions such as Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.The climate-change contribution of methane from cow burping — often incorrectly characterized as cow flatulence — has been the subject of considerable derision within the U.S. The average dairy cow belches approximately 350 pounds of the potent greenhouse gas each year.Methane from animal agriculture is just 5% of the total greenhouse gases produced in the United States — much, much more comes from the energy and transportation sectors.3-NOP is expected to be economical, so farmers could afford to use it.The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture supported this work. DSM Nutritional Products provided partial financial support and 3-NOP for the project.

And briefly Black Forest Broadcasting  is advising area senior citizens about the latest scam. We know of residents who have received phone calls from someone purporting to be from the Social Security Office stating that the phone customers social security number has been suspended. “This is officer Marie Gomez from the Social Security Administration. This is to inform you that your social security number has been suspended due to some reasons, we request you to call us back on 4696762 5591. I repeated 469-676-5591 Thank you.”  First Social Security does not call recipients unless they’re returning a call that has been placed by a senior second of all social security numbers cannot be suspended So hang up according to police the best solution.

In other news state police at Lewis run arrested a 54 year old Bradford man whose name they did not release for drug possession. Troopers say when they pulled the suspect over on Derrick  Road at Beachwood Drive in Foster township Tuesday afternoon, they found he was driving under the influence of drugs and was allegedly found in possession of drug paraphernalia. Charges are pending in District Court,

Troopers at Lewis Run  are looking for a 17 year old runaway . Faith Ann Miller age 17 was last reported to have been wearing nursing scrubs of an unknown color she is five foot two has brown hair and hazel eyes and was seen leaving her place of employment, the Pines Health Care Rehabilitation Center in Olean at around 10pm Tuesday.  She has not been seen or heard from since.  Anyone who has information as to her whereabouts is asked to call state place at Lewis Run 814-368-9230. She was driving a green Pontiac sedan when she left and police did not indicate if this is related, however, on February 20, they responded to a physical harassment occurring on West Washington Street where the runaway lives and indicated there was possible domestic violence between a mother and child. That investigation is continuing.

 A Wellsboro  woman is facing charges of physical harassment in District Court for an incident allegedly taking place Wednesday night in the parking lot of the Duncan Tavern,  State police did not release first names but claim that suspect Perry pushed victim Carroll during an argument. There were no injuries but charges are being filed before District Judge Robert Repard.

A 73 year old Port Allegany  man has been arrested for criminal trespass. Police claim that last Friday. he went onto posted property along Champlin Hill Road without the owner’s permission.