Legal-Ease: Urban rural livestock battles usually fought on two fronts

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney with Schroeder Law LLC in Ottawa. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at (419) 523-5523. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

As more people move to the country seeking privacy and peaceful living, more people become upset with each other due to livestock smelling or sounding different than what they expected. Often these arguments escalate into legal battles as people try to make amends with some of the realities of country living, such as unpleasant smells and loud animals. This battle is normally fought on two fronts: zoning and nuisance law.

Personal vehicles are the primary method of transportation in Ohio. When people have to drive to get anywhere, people can be more open-minded and more selective in where they want to live. The “country” ends up being the most sought-after destination for many people who seek privacy and peaceful living.

Of course, when people move to the country, they encounter people who already live and work in the country. Many of those existing residents are farmers, who may raise livestock that smell or sound different than newcomers might expect.

Read more about livestock battles in Lee’s article in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: Urban rural livestock battles usually fought on two fronts

Source:, “Legal-Ease: Urban rural livestock battles usually fought on two fronts,” by Lee R. Schroeder, August 15, 2015

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