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A veterinarian investigated and found that the calves' blood was not coagulating. There was mold in the stomach. And to make matters worse, the adult cows were now sick.
The next year, Herden buried the last of his bovine -- number 212.
"It was a hard time," he says. "How would you like to bury a dead pet every few days?"
His family is suing the U.S. Department Agriculture for negligence, claiming that a grazing specialist inadvertently poisoned some of the fields. The case is up for consideration by the United States Supreme Court.
If the court decides to take it and rules in the Herdens' favor, all those dead cows could change the way the rest of us interact with government employees.
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