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Italian village hosts best manure competition


March 13, 2008
By Manure Manager

There’s such a thing as being too competitive and this one should rank right up there.

There’s such a thing as being too competitive and this one should rank right up there.

According to a report from United Press International, farmers in the central Italian region of Emilia set aside one weekend in late September to compete to see whose cows produce the best manure.

According to one judge, Ettore Tibaldi, a professor emeritus in zoology from the University of Milan, smell is one of the key ways officials rank manure quality, although nitrogen content and other scientific qualities are also examined.

The competition is part of a celebration of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese held in the village of Lama Mocugno near Modena. There, local farmers brag they have the ‘best’ of everything: the best dairy cattle – the Modeno White – which produce the best manure, which is spread on pasture and produces the best grass, which the cattle eat and produce the best milk, which is made into the best cheese


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