Ranchers are discovering that one way to get more bang out of their land is to shrink the animals. The Guardian tracks down what looks to be the wave of the future — cows that have been bred to be smaller. The story says mini cows can produce three times more beef than regular-sized cows while using only a third of the land.
Some cows on a Seattle farm are barely taller than three feet. Ten of the little guys can thrive on five acres, which would support only two full-sized cows, the article says, adding that there are 20,000 mini cows in the U.S.
Why mini cows could save the planet [Guardian]