Rick Bogle: Where’s oversight on UW teaching barn?

The photograph on the front page of Friday’s paper was apparently intended to justify UW-Madison’s announcement that it intends to spend $3 million to remodel its Dairy Cattle Center.

The photo ought to have prompted the editors to ask why the university has been keeping cows in such deplorable conditions. Where is the oversight?

The university says that the 56-year-old setup is “primarily a teaching barn.” What lesson is learned from seeing animals kept this way?

Feces-covered cows chained in cramped stalls isn’t an image the state likes to project. These cows don’t look happy to me.

— Rick Bogle, Madison

via Rick Bogle: Where's oversight on UW teaching barn?.

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