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Cow-chip shortage in Sauk County

Cattle in a field
Cattle in a field

PRAIRIE du SAC, Wis (WSAU)   For the second year in a row, a shortage of cow chips is raising concerns for the State Cow-Chip Throwing Contest at Prairie du Sac in Sauk County. Last year the drought forced cattle to stay near their barns and keep cool – and there was not enough manure that could be dried-and-flattened in time for the event. This year, a wet spring dissolved the manure.

Event chairwoman Marietta Reuter says she’ll pull out three barrels of reserve chips, so the competition can go on this weekend – but sooner or later, they’ll need a normal year to get some fresh manure.

The contest is part of a festival that will take place on Friday and Saturday in Prairie du Sac.

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