DNR Looking for Comments on Proposed Golden Sands Dairy

Wisconsin Ag Connection - 08/07/2012 The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has announced it will produce an environmental impact statement on the proposed Golden Sands Dairy in the Town of Saratoga and is seeking public input on the scope of that report.

The 5,300-cow dairy will utilize 8,000 acres with 6,400 in cropland. The operation will need to drill 49 high capacity wells, the DNR says.

A public informational meeting will be held in two sessions on August 23 at the Saratoga Town Hall, south of Wisconsin Rapids. The first forum will take place from 3-5 p.m., with the second going from 6-8 p.m. Each session will begin with DNR staff presenting a brief overview of the Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act that defines the EIS process.

Golden Sands Dairy and Ellis Industries Saratoga have applied for permits necessary to construct, populate and operate a dairy operation that qualifies under Wisconsin law as a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation. A CAFO is defined as an operation with 1,000 or more animal units. The Golden Sands Dairy would house 6130 animal units comprising milking cows, dry cows, heifers and calves.