So, that’s what that smell is…

This article is a few weeks old, but I had to share it with you. This is one of those things that makes me say, “only in Nebraska”. But, I see they set cow poop on fire in other places as I’ve learned from this article. Yeah, flaming cow poop. The funny part about all this is that this made national news. Have a look.

Urban dwellers who enjoy dining on filet mignon at five-star restaurants would probably just as soon not know about David Dickinson’s dilemma.

Bad for the appetite, you know.

But Dickinson, who makes his living in the cattle business, has an environmental problem on his hands that is vexing state officials: a 2,000-ton pile of burning cow manure.

Dickinson owns and manages Midwest Feeding Co. about 20 miles west of Lincoln, which takes in as many as 12,000 cows at a time from farmers and ranchers and fattens them for market.

Byproducts from the massive operation resulted in a dung pile measuring 100 feet long, 30 feet high and 50 feet wide that began burning about two months ago and continues to smolder despite Herculean attempts to douse it.

While city folks might have trouble imagining a dung pile of such proportions, they are common sites in rural states.

In July, crews fighting a blaze in a three-acre manure lagoon at a dairy farm in Washington smothered the flames with more of the same — a blanket of wet cow manure. More here.

And to think, I thought that smell was the Huskers football squad.


~ by Steve L. on February 18, 2005.

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