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The St. Croix River Association (SCRA) has serious concerns about the proposal to build a 7,500-sow farrowing Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) in the Town of Trade Lake, WI. The Fish Lake Wildlife complex is less than one mile from this proposed CAFO. Canute Creek Flowage is only two miles west of the property, which flows into the Trade River. Stretches of the Trade River are home to cold water trout, and it is a direct tributary to the St. Croix River, one of the nation’s first wild and scenic river national parks.
We have grave concerns about permitting a CAFO in an area of Wisconsin where the primary economic engine is tourism and trees. Currently, the largest dairy farm in Burnett County, considered a CAFO, is about 1,300 cows, and we don’t have any large hog facilities. It is difficult to see how this factory farm fits our local culture. If allowed, CAFOs will take the place of our relatively small, diversified, family farms that have been an important component in the quality of life here. Farms that rotate crops and have an abundance of pasture and hay land coexist with our highly-prized natural resources and are an integral part of our community. These farms support families who make a living growing organic fruits and vegetables.
The proposed CAFO is seeking a permit to build a hog farrowing operation with 3 large barns on a parcel just over 38 acres, with 7,500 sows plus piglets—sows produce two sets of 10 piglets annually. We know that on average a hog produces 5-11 gallons of manure a day. That conservatively translates to between 13,687,500 and 30,112,500 gallons of toxic, liquid manure annually. Imagine 30 million gallons of hog poop stored on this 38 acre site near a high-value wetland complex, later spread on fields within miles of the St. Croix Riverway from just this first phase in production. The piglets will be shipped to a “finishing” facility, where they are raised to market weight. It is likely that second facility will be located within 10 miles of the farrowing operation, with a proposed site also in the Trade River watershed. There is no doubt this will affect the levels of Nitrogen and Phosphorus in the water.