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Wysocki companies file environmental impact report for proposed Saratoga mega dairy

Cows in a large milking barn
Map of planned Golden Sands Dairy in the Town of Saratoga, south of Wisconsin Rapids.
Cows in a large milking barn

TOWN OF SARATOGA, Wis. (WSAU) -- An environmental impact report has been filed for a proposed large-scale dairy near Wisconsin Rapids. 

The Wysocki Family Companies filed the environmental impact report to the Department of Natural Resources, as was required. The family is attempting to build a dairy operation with over four thousand cows, and over 53-hundred total animals with the calves and heifers. The location in the Town of Saratoga would also have about 64-hundred acres of crops supporting the animal operation.

Many oppose the planned mega-dairy, including Saratoga Town Board officials, which are involved in court action for denying permits.

Opponents are concerned about several issues, including the effect of high capacity wells and the management of manure waste to keep it out of groundwater and streams.

The Wysocki companies have put the highlights of the report on their website, www.FarmingFullCircle.com. The DNR will post the entire report at a later date after internal review is completed.

The DNR now has sixty days to review the Wysocki report, and respond.