Agriculture: Furor Over X-Rated Cows

Furor Over X-Rated Cows

To ease a nationwide milk glut, the U.S. Department of Agriculture intends to start paying dairy farmers to sell their herds for export or slaughter and get out of the business. The USDA incentive: up to $22.50 in lieu of each 100 lbs. of milk that the farmer normally would have produced over one year. But to participate in the program, dairymen must brand every cow with a 3-in. X on the right jaw. Reason: without such markings, cows that were supposedly slaughtered or exported could be surreptitiously sold to other U.S. farmers ; and keep on producing milk for the...

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