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After more than 200 years of chomping on grass in a 626-acre seaside pasture, the famed cattle herd at Wolfe’s Neck Farm is about to get the boot. According to Erick Jensen of Pineland Farms, the company that is currently raising beef cattle on the Freeport farm, the operation is no longer economical or environmentally sound. The main source of the farm’s problems comes from the cows themselves — literally — in the form of manure, which leads to water contamination and has already forced the closure of two local clamflats. Installing measures to keep the manure from washing into the ocean are too costly, Jensen says. The farm is actively seeking a new agricultural partner to replace Pineland Farms and grow crops or raise livestock in Wolfe Neck’s signature sustainable way. But they’re going to need to come up with a new name; Pineland Farms is taking its famous Wolfe’s Neck label with them — along with the herd.
Read more at the Portland Press Herald .