The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has given the OK to a Wisconsin dairy to grow to 4,000 cows.
The DNR had put the brakes on the dairy in 2008, requiring an unprecedented Environmental Impact Statement be completed before moving forward. Rosendale Dairy thought it had all the permits in place and had the 4,000-cow cross-vent barn, including an 80-stall rotary, in place. But it was only allowed to milk 700 cows in the facility until the EIS was completed and approved.
The dairy had obtained 32 other permits to construct and operate the dairy. Its owners claim the dairy will have one of the lowest carbon footprints in the nation.
As a result of the permit issued Friday, the dairy will begin implementing plans to hire additional staff and increase herd size to 4,000 cows, Rosendale Dairy partners announced this morning. A second phase, for an additional 4,000 cows, will require additional public review and DNR approval.
"We are pleased that the DNR recognized the dairy's many efforts to protect the environment and public health by approving this $70 million project,” says Laurie Fischer, executive director of the Dairy Business Association. To learn more about the dairy, go to www.rosendaledairy.com