- Associated Press - Monday, September 18, 2017

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - Officials of a county in northern South Dakota are reconsidering a planned hog operation that property owners expressed concerns about earlier this year.

The Brown County Planning Commission will discuss two permit applications for a hog operation in the Bath area Tuesday. The commission took no action on the applications in March after residents voiced concern about its proximity to their properties, the Aberdeen American News reported .

“To date, the Brown County Planning Commission has not even heard a presentation or made any motion of any kind on the proposed (concentrated) animal feeding operation for the Tuesday meeting,” said Gary Vetter, commission assistant, in an email Friday.

One application would adjust the setbacks for two new hog barns. The other is to make a special exception for a concentrated animal feeding operation.

Wolff Family Genetics owner Jeff Wolff’s hog operation produces show pigs for sale. He said the operation now has more than 50 animals, including 12 mature sows, three herd boars, 20 gilts and 16 hogs that’ll be marketed as butcher hogs in the next 40 days.

Wolff said neighbors must sign off on the special exception to allow the proposed 133-animal unit to be closer than ordinance setbacks allow. The setback requirement is currently a half-mile, measured building-to-building.

Brown County Planning and Zoning Director Scott Bader said a business and four homes are within the setback. He said the commission requires letters of approval from those neighbors in order to approve Wolff’s request.

The last expansion of a swine facility in the county was at Hutterville Colony near Stratford, where the maximum number of hogs allowed increased by 2,400 to nearly 10,000.


Information from: Aberdeen American News, https://www.aberdeennews.com

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