Why is it necessary to begin trading with other farms, and how do the animals react to this new policy?
It is necessary to begin trading with other farms even though there is a food shortage to raise money to build the windmill. The animals are also informed that if it is necessary they will also begin to sell the hen's eggs in Willingdon.
The animals are very uneasy with the announcement because they remember that they had passed a resolution to not trade with humans at the first meeting after Jones was expelled. The dogs growls and the bleating of the sheep quickly bring to an end any criticism, and Snowball goes on to tell them they must have been mistaken because there was nothing of the sort said at that meeting.