5,000-cow megadairy plan angers residents

MICHIGAN - Residents have put on their fighting gloves, and county officials are warning of problems in the brewing battle over a proposed 5,000-cow megadairy.
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Vreba-Hoff LLC, which was cited for more than a dozen environmental-quality issues earlier this month by the Michigan attorney general's office, is pushing to add a third megadairy in southeast Michigan, this time about 20 miles northeast of Sylvania.

The farm would be on 200 acres at Mulberry and Treat roads in Lenawee County's Ogden Township.

A special Ogden Township Board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. tomorrow is to provide more information on the project. Some residents worry it will generate problems similar to those they attribute to Vreba-Hoff's other facilities.

The company already owns two similar farms just south of Hudson, Mich. - one on Dillon Highway in rural Lenawee County and another operated three miles to the west off U.S. 127 in Hillsdale County. Together the facilities have about 6,000 cows.

Source: Toledo Blade
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