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Virtue Calves’ business suffers after crackdown by federal government

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Posted: Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:00 am

You can feel the years John "Jack" Virtue has toiled on the land and worked with livestock the minute you shake his hand. His grip is firm, but his palms are callused, and his fingers tan and weathered from decades in the sun.

Soft-spoken and weary after waking up long before sunrise to begin his day, Virtue glances around the front of his yard, where cows gnaw on hay and cats slink under a truck to avoid the afternoon heat, before he begins to talk about his line of business.

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