FOOD: Blood on the Range

In a windswept cornfield near the aptly named Minnesota farming community of Pillager last week, a farmer placed the barrel of a 22-cal. pistol against the head of a three-month-old calf and pulled the trigger, felling the animal instantly. Another farmer then slit the calf's jugular vein. Its carcass was dragged to a freshly dug trench and kicked in. Another calf was shot and disposed of in the same manner, then another and another, until by midafternoon almost 300 head had been destroyed and piled in the pit. The day's last kill...

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