DeKalb Co. Residents Say No to Dairy Farm

BUTLER, Ind. (WOWO): A proposed 5,000 dairy cow confined animal feeding operation, or CAFO, has been turned down by the residents of DeKalb County.

According to our Partners in News at 21Alive, 160 acres of rural area near the town of Butler has been rezoned for high density agriculture. The CAFO would be built in that area to house 5,000 dairy cows and 200 beef cattle.

With the CAFO nearby, some residents are concerned about Butler residents’ water sources.

The property would include 16 acres of manure lagoons, but the Big Run Ditch runs close to the CAFO. This proposes the risk of contamination due to floods, bad storms, etc.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management will review the petition and if accepted, the Dekalb plan commission will hold meetings on the proposed CAFO.