Madison Co. OKs mega-dairy farm

Madison Co. OKs mega-dairy farm

There are 26 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Aug 15, 2007, titled Madison Co. OKs mega-dairy farm. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

A livestock farmer who immigrated from the Netherlands six years ago has won approval to expand his north-central Indiana dairy farm to 6,000 head of cattle.

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individual

San Jose, CA

#1 Aug 15, 2007
This farmer is a great illustation of what can be accomplished by people unfettered by the miscreants in government. Yet this farmer had to get approval although he's putting up the capital and taking all the risks. Disposal of waste seemed to have been the issue although were this Indianapolis, the government mandarins would have extorted and coerced not only monies but conditions, such as: a diversity quota hiring system.

Still surprised the government approved even with the conditions. Apparently they saw the "proposal to add 40 people" and they just assumed these 40 y would all be political patronaged hired. Like all bureaucrats are hired. Wait til they discover their mistake!
enjoying freedom

United States

#2 Aug 15, 2007
40 feet?
what about wind?
Smells like manure

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Aug 15, 2007
"The board also directed Willemsen to ensure that the waste generated by his cattle be "properly disposed of" and that the manure cannot be within 40 feet of neighboring property."

I would want a manure lagoon much farther away than 40 feet from my property. Guess our experts at IDEM are in for another challenge. If the BP dumping conflict wasn't enough!
Be honest please

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Aug 15, 2007
enjoying freedom wrote:
40 feet?
what about wind?
Are you willing to give up Milk? Ice Cream? Cheese? Sour Cream? Butter? And everything else with dairy in it??
I don't think so.
Until you do you have no reason to complain. Your demand for dairy products means we need more dairy farm.
So quit whining and sit back down and have a nice bowl of Ice Cream.
Listen to the Facts

United States

#5 Aug 15, 2007
40 feet..... How would the board members like tons of cow manure 40 feet from their bedroom window? Absurd... Who can say "under the table payoff for the board members". If I was a neighbor of this facility and the first whiff of cow *#@t I smelled, I think I would personally haul about 500 pounds of it to each board members home and unload in their front yard.
Former Anderson resident

United States

#6 Aug 15, 2007
That farm is down the road from my parents home and they are good neighbors who work hard and keep up their home (which is on the property) much better than many other Madison County land owners! Good luck to them!
Be honest please

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Aug 15, 2007
Smells like manure wrote:
"The board also directed Willemsen to ensure that the waste generated by his cattle be "properly disposed of" and that the manure cannot be within 40 feet of neighboring property."
I would want a manure lagoon much farther away than 40 feet from my property. Guess our experts at IDEM are in for another challenge. If the BP dumping conflict wasn't enough!
What a Bold and blatant liar you are. There will be no lagoons anywhere near other property.
It is for munure application, not lagoons.

Why post lies? Because you have no point to argue? Are you just jealous or ignorant.

PS be sure to thank Mr Willemsen for the milk on that bowl of cereal you had.
bob

Duncan, OK

#8 Aug 15, 2007
Be honest please wrote:
<quoted text>
Are you willing to give up Milk? Ice Cream? Cheese? Sour Cream? Butter? And everything else with dairy in it??
I don't think so.
Until you do you have no reason to complain. Your demand for dairy products means we need more dairy farm.
So quit whining and sit back down and have a nice bowl of Ice Cream.
To date, I have not seen a RUN on dairy products at Kroger’s yet, or any stores run out of milk. WHY in the hell would this guy need 6 thousand head of dairy cows. He is not the little old farmer he clams’ to be. He is a big time business man trying to make as much money as possible at the cost of the people living around him. He doesn’t live in the house in front. His lives in Hawaii and uses this as he’s HOME ADDRESS. CAFO are not FARMS they are warehouses for animals and the worst place to live near or work at. The county sold it’s soul for 40 jobs paying no more then 7 or 8 dollars an hour. How much is he getting in tax abatements? I bet we will be able to smell this “farm” in Downtown Indianapolis.
holy cow

Alexandria, IN

#9 Aug 15, 2007
And all the 10 foot tall cows will have 6 heads.
Dave from Houston

Houston, TX

#10 Aug 15, 2007
Having been originally from Alexandria Indiana and noting that there really isn't much opportunity in Indiana period for people to get more than minimum wage jobs, I think it is a great idea for the expansion. The expansion of the Red Gold facility worked well in Orestes and I think this will work well in Frankton. Go IU!
Bob

Duncan, OK

#11 Aug 15, 2007
individual wrote:
This farmer is a great illustation of what can be accomplished by people unfettered by the miscreants in government. Yet this farmer had to get approval although he's putting up the capital and taking all the risks. Disposal of waste seemed to have been the issue although were this Indianapolis, the government mandarins would have extorted and coerced not only monies but conditions, such as: a diversity quota hiring system.
Still surprised the government approved even with the conditions. Apparently they saw the "proposal to add 40 people" and they just assumed these 40 y would all be political patronaged hired. Like all bureaucrats are hired. Wait til they discover their mistake!
He had to get approval because his neighbors will bear the burden if something goes wrong. The zoning board had no illusions about who was going to be working there.
crazyoldman

United States

#12 Aug 15, 2007
It's sad but what really happened is he just took the place of 100 farms that formerly milked 60 cows. 60 viable dairy operations which provided employment for 60 dairy families is replaced by 40 dairy laborers. This is the end result of nearly flat milk prices for the last 4 decades. Before this summer's price increase the price the dairy farmer received has been stagnant...They call it progress....
Purdue University Prof

Indianapolis, IN

#13 Aug 15, 2007
This deal stinks for the people of MADison county.

“Viva la revolucion!”

Since: Mar 07

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Aug 15, 2007
As long as I see cheaper milk in the stores, expand all you want. Milk prices are crazy right now, and this should (in theory at least) reduce them to a more reasonable level locally.

Now if only we could get some farmers to plant more bacon...
al gore

Indianapolis, IN

#15 Aug 15, 2007
manbearpig
Immigrant

Amsterdam, Netherlands

#16 Aug 15, 2007
Why would someone need 4,000 - 6,000 head of cattle to pursue the American dream? I live in the Netherlands and know intimately what drives the Dutch. Money. Something they understand little of and have regard for is their fellow man, unless it means writing out a check every now and then.

I wish those folks there a lot of luck.
Just wondering

Harvey, IL

#17 Aug 15, 2007
Crazyoldman is right. This is designed to put the little farms out of business because they can't compete. CAFOs are the Walmarts of animal farms. I used to live in east central Indiana and there were a lot of dairy farmers. Just like there used to be small hog operations. You could drive down the road and see the small pigs out in the fields. Not any more. They are all inside eating processed food offal. They don't look like happy pigs either. Why is it always about the money??? Do we not have any other values? My parents lived near a very small hog operation less than 100. The smell in the summertime was pungent. I cannot imagine the manure from 6000 cows. Why are we selling out?
Immigrant

Netherlands

#18 Aug 16, 2007
Just wondering, people need to learn to live with less, pay a little more for quality, and understand that it isn't "stuff" that makes one happy. It's about how you spend your time, not your money, that life is about.

I wonder what kind of contracts they already have lined up, must come with some sort of deal. I also can't imagine the amount of dairy products wasted annually, either. Me, and other Americans need to become more socially conscious consumers.

I'm not convinced there's a glut of dairy products needed to make the world go around. At least not the stench that 4000 to 6000 head will produce.
jasper county

AOL

#19 Aug 16, 2007
LOOK AT WAHMDIARY ON THE INTERNET LOCAL POWER PLANT GIVES ARSENIC LADDEN FLY ASH TO PROPOSED CALF OPERATION
Mary

United States

#20 Aug 23, 2007
Do you no what is in the Milk you are drinking?You can not call them farms they are factories.People needs to learn what is in the manure.Did everybody forget about the spinache .Just keep spreading the shit around and let see who gets sick next.

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