Cow chip harvest slow for contest

Aug. 30, 2012 at 12:46 PM

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Organizers of a Wisconsin cow chip throwing contest said production of bovine droppings has been low this year due to the drought.

Ellen Paulson, chair of the committee that puts on the annual Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw and Festival in Prairie du Sac, said the cow pie harvest in the lead-up to the Saturday contest has been slow, the Sauk Prairie (Wis.) Eagle reported Thursday.

"Due to the weather, the cows weren't producing," Paulson said. "When it's hot ... the cows don't eat as much. And what was produced, they just dried up too quick."

Paulson said there will be enough cow chips for this year's contest due to stockpiling. However, she said she is concerned about next year's supply.

"We generally pick more every year than what we need," she said. "There's always a stash from the year before just in case something like this happens."

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