Just thought I'd share this with you guys. We met the owner of the mega dairy that is near us.....2.5 miles as the crow flies, 5 miles by road. Our great fun started on June 27th, when they began spraying liquid cow poo on the field surrounding our house. Oh what joy! Keep in mind that my house sits 50 feet from my south property line and they sprayed it right up to the property line. Anyways, they finished the field on June 28th, and then left it set like that until JULY 7th! Then they disced that in, and spread solid manure on top of that for 2 more days. So, from June 27th thru July 9th, we were surrounded by cow poo, and the lovely horde of flies that came with it. To make a long story short, I finally was able to find the correct government agency, and the correct contact person, as we couldn't find a phone number for the dairy, didn't know who the owner was, and the dairy property is gated with no trespassing signs. They made a call to the dairy, who came right over and worked the stuff in, then the ODA inspector called me. I was able to get the owner's name and phone number and requested a chat with him. He stopped by on July 13th. Here's the highlights of what he told us - my thoughts are in parenthesis: 1) Normally I stop by all the houses near the fields before we apply manure, but you guys must have fallen off my radar, since I've spread the fields around this one for several years and you've never complained. (Our house is the only one near this field? And unless a person complains, then it must be okay to do as you want?) 2) I can't really tell the difference just by looking between 100 feet and 150 feet when I plan an application. (Then perhaps you should measure? The law states 100 feet minimum set back from a residence if you incorporate within 24 hours/300 feet minimum set back if you take longer than 24 hours to incorporate. And he admitted to the Ohio Department of Ag Inspector that he had violated the set back on the south side of our house.) 3) Skillfully evaded my questions about the holding pen that they keep several cows in that suddenly disappear. Also evaded questions about how they handle mastitis or CL. 4) Told us that when they had the hoof and mouth scare, that he was looking for a quarantine facility 30 miles away, so that if one of his cows was diagnosed with hoof and mouth, he could quickly move a good portion of the herd out, because the law says that all cows on the premises must be destroyed. (That didn't sound very legal or ethical to us?) We kept the visit friendly, but some of what he told us, didn't exactly leave us with a warm and fuzzy feeling that they're trying to be good neighbors.