LAKEVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A dairy operator is dropping plans for a 3,500-cow operation in northern Indiana after more than five years of opposition from nearby residents.

A manager of Ohio-based Vreba-Hoff Dairy Development says the distance restrictions from surrounding homes at the site near Lakeville make the project unfeasible.

The South Bend Tribune reports that because the company's state permit for the project was revoked two years ago a new plan would've been covered by tougher county regulations on large livestock operations adopted in 2007.

Dean Carbiener is a farmer next to the proposed dairy site and says it was going to be an eyesore for the area about 10 miles south of South Bend. He says it would've been a factory, not a farm.

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Information from: South Bend Tribune, http://www.southbendtribune.com

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