By Kirby, David
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This 50-year-old back-to-the-land vintage indicates how to define land, construct a abode, develop greens and end result, increase farm animals, construct farm constructions, and extra.
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She figured they were doing whatever it is that cows do, at peace in their world. The pastured animals seemed healthy and robust, walking erect with straight spines and heads held high. To Helen, they seemed happy. But the cows at the new milk factories were nothing like that. Instead, thousands of manure-smeared animals were jammed onto strictly confined tracts of land. Whatever grass had sprouted in these “feeding pens” was quickly shredded under constant hoof pounding, leaving behind open stretches of dirt, urine, and feces.
Local news accounts reported that before they left, investigators had ordered David Inskeep, the owner, to lower the lagoon by at least a million gallons, telling him to load the waste into rented tanker trucks and haul it away, six thousand gallons at a time. He refused. Instead, after the government men were gone, Inskeep ordered his workers to lay hoses from the lagoon across nearly a mile of land to a long, narrow ravine, where the waste would be pumped and stored. It would end up being the worst livestock spill in Illinois history.
Karen knew that Inwood, the megadairy outside Elmwood, was about to have a major accident. Investigators had been out to the dairy to see how it was faring in the rough weather and found that its waste lagoon was just inches away from spilling over the rim and down into neighboring fields. A historic Civil War–era cemetery was threatened. Karen learned that dairy workers were frantically piling sandbags around the lagoon’s rim to try to keep it from overflowing. Local news accounts reported that before they left, investigators had ordered David Inskeep, the owner, to lower the lagoon by at least a million gallons, telling him to load the waste into rented tanker trucks and haul it away, six thousand gallons at a time.
Animal Factory by Kirby, David