A proposed 2,140-cow dairy in
More than three years ago, Rowekamp and Zaitz embarked on a partnership to build and operate a state-of-the-art dairy facility that would house 2,140 cows on farmland owned by Zaitz near
The partners acquired all the necessary permits from the county and state. All permitting boards voted unanimously in favor of the project.
Despite these efforts, the project encountered opposition from
The Ripley Dairy partners challenged the moratorium and won. It is now being appealed by the township.
To date, Rowekamp and Zaitz have spent more than $250,000 on engineering, environmental review and other fees associating with obtaining permits for construction of the dairy. In addition, the partners have incurred legal expenses of $135,000.
According to a news release issued by Ripley Dairy on Nov. 1, the dairy would have supplied renewable energy for more than 400 homes through the use of a methane digester.
Ripley Dairy; Winona Daily News