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Big Sky Lede: Trading Holsteins for hens
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Big Sky Lede: Trading Holsteins for hens

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This week, reporter Seaborn Larson tells us how Darigold canceled its 30-year contract with the Montana State Prison, forcing the state's prison work program, Montana Correctional Enterprises, to scale down its dairy operation from 350 head to about 70, enough to produce milk to self-sustain the Department of Correction's facilities around the state.

Then, Tom Kuglin talks about how the state of Montana is trading Holsteins for hens at Montana State Prison, hopeful that a new pheasant rearing and release program will help recruit hunters and provide inmates continued work opportunities. 

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