Colo. bill to ban cow tail cutting worries farmers

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Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013 12:00 am

DENVER (AP) - The backside of Colorado's dairy cows will be the focus of a bill up for debate Thursday in a state House committee that would prevent farmers from cutting cattle tails for sanitary reasons, called docking.

Though the practice is common elsewhere because it keeps the tail from dragging in manure, it is rare in Colorado. And for that reason, dairy farmers said the bill, backed by several Democrats, is an unnecessary government intrusion.

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