OSU Dairy Center sells cows

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CORVALLIS, Ore. — In an attempt to make facility improvements to prevent a repeat a manure spill from earlier this year, the Dairy Center at Oregon State University has sold its milking cows.

The center is reportedly facing budget pressure, as well, and has been part of reorganization this year.

By selling the cows, the center made $135,000 and structural changes are expected to cost $250,000 to $300,000.

In April, a mechanical failure caused a break in an irrigation pipe used to spray water and manure onto fields that grow feed for the dairy cows. Liquefied manure spilled into nearby creek for more than two hours.

Dairying is expected to begin again in mid-2013.