Wisconsin seems to be facing a shortage of cowpies.
Of course, you’ve all heard of the Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw. An annual festival held in Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin, where, among many other events, contestants attempt to throw dried cow patties as far as they possibly can.
I hear you snickering. Come give it a try, see how much fun it is. The record is 248 feet.
Anyway, I’m sure you’ll all be just a little bit nervous about this latest news:
The news has been lousy with stories of the hot, arid summer of 2012 devastating lawns, water budgets and food production, but no one has reported the drought’s impact on one crop of particular importance to Sauk Prairie — cow chips, also known as cow pies, dung or poo.
Nobody actually calls it “poo.”
“Due to the weather, the cows weren’t producing,” said Ellen Paulson, chairperson for the Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw committee. “When it’s hot, according to what I’m told, the cows don’t eat as much. And what was produced, they just dried up too quick.”
…The cow chip throw committee is rather discerning when it comes to its dung selection. As area farmers changed their cattle from grass-to-grain diets, the committee would find a new field with grazing beef cattle for their annual harvest.
“They eat a high-fiber diet of grass out in the pasture,” Reuter said. “We need that grass in there to give it the fiber, to give it a thicker chip.”
When the drought hit, the field’s grass yellowed and withered, and the cow’s diets were supplemented, said Slotty. Due to the heat, the cows stuck to the shade, ensuring whatever chips were produced were concentrated in one spot and trampled.
Luckily enough, the committee says they will have enough cow chips of good enough quality to hold the annual Cow Chip Throw this year – phew! And I mean that in more ways than one.