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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