Your editorial on large dairies was "spot on." For several years I was the citizen's representative to the Confined Animal Feeding Operations advisory committee for the state of Oregon.
Threemile Canyon Farms were always in the forefront of innovative procedures in the dairying industry. They located where they are in part because of environmental concerns. If potential problems were perceived they would immediately do what was necessary to solve the problem. An example involved asking the state Department of Agriculture to assist them in testing their herd for Mad Cow Disease. When I left the committee they were asking for assistance in innovative procedures for composting their waste.
My only concern at that time was, would all of these innovations, environmental stewardship and efficiency create hardships for smaller marginal operations?