What plans and policies have arisen in the Battle of the Cowshed in Animal Farm by George Orwell?

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After the Battle of the Cowshed, animals are expected to follow orders, Napoleon is in charge, and Animal Farm will trade with neighboring farms.

After the Battle of the Cowshed, Napoleon and Snowball are arguing over everything.  The windmill is an issue, but there are other farm issues that are being discussed that Napoleon and Snowball cannot agree on.

According to Napoleon, what the animals must do was to procure firearms and train themselves in the use of them. According to Snowball, they must send out more and more pigeons and stir up rebellion among the animals on the other farms. (Ch. 5) 

Napoleon has Snowball run off the farm by his secret guard dogs.  These are the puppies that he took from Jesse and raised to be his secret police.  Things also become much more martial with only Napoleon in charge. 

Every Sunday morning at ten o'clock the animals assembled in the big barn to receive their orders for the week. The skull of old Major, now clean of flesh, had been disinterred from the orchard and set up on a stump at the foot of the flagstaff, beside the gun. After the hoisting of the flag, the animals were required to file past the skull in a reverent manner before entering the barn. (Ch. 5) 

The pigs sit at the front on a raised platform, clearly demonstrating their superiority over the other animals.  Napoleon announces to the animals’ surprise that the windmill will be built after all, and Napoleon was never really against it.  The animals work hard, putting in a sixty-hour workweek throughout the spring and summer while the pigs supervise.  In August, Napoleon institutes “voluntary” Sunday work. 

Napoleon also announces that Animal Farm will trade with neighboring farms.  They had previously said there would be no interaction with humans.  A man named Willingdon is hired to conduct the transactions, including selling the hens’ eggs.  Napoleon says that the hens should welcome the sacrifice.