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Giant Butter Sculpture Powers Farm for Three Days

The Penn­syl­va­nia Farm Show is host to a thousand-pound work of art – a butter sculpture of a fair queen and a boy leading his calf through a country fair.

All that butter will not go to waste after the show ends.  Steve Rein­ford is the lucky dairy farmer who will take cus­tody of the sculp­ture, dumping the queen, boy and cow into his manure pit.  Far from a tragic end, the sculpture, with a little help from a methane digester, will power Reinford’s home and farm for about three days.   Even without the addition of a butter cow, the digester creates so much energy that Reinford sells the excess electricity back to the grid.

Although the Norwegians, facing a butter shortage crisis and illegal butter-smuggling due to a high-fat diet craze, might prefer that the butter cow simply be shipped directly to them.

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