Seven neighbors of a dairy near Continental, Ohio say the owner’s negligence in running the farm has led them to file suit.

According to a report on, the dairy, owned by Jan Van Ham, is in the process of expanding from 690 cows to 2,250 cows. The suit, filed in Putnam County Common Pleas Court, seeks more than $25,000 in damages in each of seven counts listed.   Some of the neighbors’ complaints include discharges of manure, odors, and flies that have led to emotional distress, decreased property values and an increase in health problems. 

According to the neighbors’ attorney, the neighbors are not seeking to have the dairy shut down, but to have additional limitations placed on it. The pretrial hearing is set for January 15.

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Sources:, Associated Press