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County Planning Commission considers feedlot, mining requests

The McLeod County Planning Advisory Commission is recommending approval of a a conditional use permit to allow Joe Wuetherich and Kimberly Gehrke to establish a dairy feedlot on a tract less than 40 acres in Penn Township.
The commission held a public hearing on the matter at its Wednesday, Sept. 27, meeting.
The couple intends to start a new dairy feedlot in existing buildings on just over 51⁄2 acres of land on 65th Street southeast of Brownton. The conditional use permit is for 107 animal units, or a total of about 60 cows and young stock. The couple plans to have 35 to 50 dairy cows to start with.
McLeod County Zoning Administrator Larry Gasow said the county’s feedlot committee had already met on the proposed feedlot, and had recommended approval for not more than 200 animal units, after which Wuetherich and Gehrke would need to apply for an amended conditional use permit. In addition, the feedlot committee had required that the permit be only for a dairy operation, and that a manure management plan be in place.
Because of the small size of the acreage, Gasow said the couple would need to contract with an area farmer or farmers to spread the manure on land, and that agreement would have to be filed with the zoning office.
For more from the commission meeting, including a request for a gravel mining permit, see the Oct. 4 print edition of The Chronicle.