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1 Tuesday, 26th March, 1996
3 MS. STEEL: Just before we start with Mr. Lyman, I wanted to
4 hand in a draft defence which we want to apply for leave to
5 add to our defence. It concerns consent by the Plaintiffs
6 to the publication of the leaflet complained of, through
7 the publication by the private investigators who
8 infiltrated the group and through the length of time they
9 left it before bringing the action. But, obviously, we are
10 not expecting to deal with that today.
12 MR. JUSTICE BELL: What I suggest is, we hear Mr. Lyman's
13 evidence and then, whenever that ends, there will obviously
14 be procedural matters to be discussed, and you can mention
15 that if you wish.
17 MS. STEEL: OK. If we call Mr. Lyman?
19 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Yes.
21 MR. HOWARD LYMAN, affirmed
22 Examined by the Defendants
24 MS. STEEL: If you could give your full name to the court,
26 A. My name is Howard F. Lyman.
28 Q. And you are resident from Washington in the USA?
29 A. Alexandria, Virginia.
31 Q. Can I just say, we have given the witness a copy of the CV
32 to take into the witness box, which, hopefully, you have a
33 copy of ---
35 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Yes, I have. I put it in my bundle.
37 MS. STEEL: -- to make it easier to go through. (To the witness)
38 Can you basically confirm that this CV is correct?
39 A. It is.
41 Q. I will ask you a few questions about it. We see from the
42 work experience that you were raised on a four generation
43 farm/ranch in Montana and you were the owner of the Lyman
44 Ranch and Lyman Cattle Company from 1965 to 1983. Can you
45 tell us a little about the size of the ranch, the way it
46 changed over the years, and how you came to be critical of
47 modern production methods?
48 A. The original homestead was bought by my
49 great-grandfather in 1908. My father and grandfather
50 became part of it. I was raised on that and went to
51 Montana State University, graduated in 1961, then went into
52 the army, came back in 1963. In 1963, when I came back,
53 I took a look at the farm. It was a small organic dairy
54 farm. I took a look at investing the money I had saved in
55 the time up to that time, and I decided to invest that
56 money. I became a part owner in it, and, as that went
57 along, I became the majority owner. What I attempted to do
58 was to take that organic farm and put it into the kind of
59 farm that I was educated about at Montana State
60 University. When I went to Montana State University, it