The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported there were around 700 sheep farmers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported there were around 700 sheep farmers in Maine in 1994, raising some 10,000 sheep. Concern that sheep offal is the likely cause of bovine spongiform encephopathy has led to rendering plants across the United States refusing to take sheep or goat parts. Bob Bowen of Brooksville said if he takes 20 sheep and goats to the slaughterhouse, he will have to take 20 sets of guts back. Russell Libby of the Maine Farmers and Gardeners Association said that small farmers should be able to recycle the material by burying it, but larger farmers might have to rely on the state coordinating a way for slaughterhouses to send their waste to a large composting facility.
Weegar, Andrew K., "The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported there were around 700 sheep farmers" (1996). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 1700.
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