Wis. dairy farm accused of abuse fires 2 workers

CREATED Dec. 10, 2013

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Wisconsin dairy farm says it has fired two employees and barred a third from handling animals after video shot by an undercover activist showed workers hitting, kicking, stabbing and whipping cows.
   
The animal rights group Mercy For Animals released the video Tuesday. Director of Investigations Matt Rice says it was shot in October and November at Wiese Brothers Farm in Greenleaf, Wis.
   
Footage has been turned over to the Brown County Sheriff's Office. Capt. David Konrath says his department is investigating the group's allegations of abuse.
   
The farm also faces business repercussions. It supplies milk to cheesemaker Foremost Farms, which sells to Nestle USA, maker of DiGiorno frozen pizza.
   
Nestle spokeswoman Deborah Cross says her company has asked Foremost not to send it cheese made from Wiese Brothers' milk.