$600,000 awarded over ordinance that restricted dairy’s size

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A former dairy in South Dakota claimed it was damaged by a county ordinance that restricted cow numbers. 

On Friday, a jury ordered Aurora County, S.D., to pay $600,000 in damages to Thompson Farms, according to this article in The Daily Republic.

 “Their 1,000-cow dairy couldn’t go to a 2,000-cow dairy because the county enacted an ordinance … that inhibited their ability to attract investors and that made their property less valuable when they tried to sell,” attorney Clint Sargent told jurors.  

An earlier court ruling in 2009 found in favor of Thompson Farms. The jury action on Friday was to determine the amount of damages.

Aurora County officials are considering a possible appeal.

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