Wisconsin has okayed creation of the largest CAFO in the state.
Rosendale Dairy, which we’ve reported about before, has been issued a permit by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, allowing it to expand its herd from 4000 to 8000 head, making the largest CAFO in Wisconsin.
Not a surprise. The opposition was neither stiff nor fierce, the dairy had already completed Phase 1, and Wisconsin generally seems ready to enter the CAFO universe as evidenced by this Milwaukee Journal Sentinel op-ed.
From a modern perspective, sadly, 8000 is not a big CAFO — a far bigger one is being proposed for New York — but this region of Wisconsin is already battered ecologically. I have a feeling we’re going to be hearing about Rosendale again in the near future.