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How Many Cows Now?

From: Guy Hand
Series: Northwest Food News & Edible Idaho
Length: 05:35

As factory farms grow bigger, they get harder to regulate. Just try counting cows on a mega-dairy. Read the full description.

Grandviewfeedlot64_small Idaho's milk output has doubled in the last ten years, dwarfing potato production. It will soon be the third largest milk producing state in the nation. All that milk takes a lot of cows. But how many? Critics say the agencies responsible for regulating Idaho's dairy industry really don't know. And if you can't count the cows, they say you can't control the environmental problems that come with factory farming. From the Magic Valley, Guy Hand reports.

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Idaho's milk output has doubled in the last ten years, dwarfing potato production. It will soon be the third largest milk producing state in the nation. All that milk takes a lot of cows. But how many? Critics say the agencies responsible for regulating Idaho's dairy industry really don't know. And if you can't count the cows, they say you can't control the environmental problems that come with factory farming. From the Magic Valley, Guy Hand reports.

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Transcript

[SCRIPT] (Hand) So where are we? (Hasse) We are at the Jerome County Courthouse . . .
Alma Hasse walks quickly toward a red brick building on a gray December afternoon. Jerome County is home to many dairy CAFOs, or concentrated animal feeding operations. These factory dairies can house thousands of cows each.
(Hand) And why are you coming here? (Hasse) We are coming here to physically examine the CAFO files and to see what we come up with in terms of cow numbers.
Cow numbers are at the root of Hasse?s concern. Counties, like Jerome, issue permits limiting dairies to a specific number of cows. That way, officials try to control the amount of manure and other pollutants that these new mega-dairies produce. But Hasse and many others suspect that cows are not being accurately counted.
(Hasse) Hello! Here I am. How are you? Good to see you . . .
That?s why she and a smal...
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Timing and Cues

Sugessted host intro: Idaho's milk output has doubled in the last ten years, dwarfing potato production. It will soon be the third largest milk producing state in the nation. All that milk takes a lot of cows. But how many? Critics say the agencies responsible for regulating Idaho's dairy industry really don't know. And if you can't count the cows, they say you can't control the environmental problems that come with factory farming. From the Magic Valley, Guy Hand reports.

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