Rock County CAFO

At a Glance:

Location: Rock County, Wisconsin

Date: 2011

Vital Condition: Meaningful Work and Wealth, Thriving Natural World

Determinants of Health: clean air, infectious diseases, meaningful work and wealth, clean water, environmental health

Affected Population: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, Children and Youth, Older Adults, People Living in Poverty, Rural Communities

Research Methods: Literature review, Primary research

Community Types: rural

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The proposal to build the Rock Prairie Dairy in the Town of Bradford, Wisconsin generated concerns regarding the potential negative health implications that may result from the creation of such a large animal operation. The community was also concerned that concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) regulations were insufficient with respect to public health and did not provide local governments the necessary authority to address health impacts. The proposed dairy will be built on 124 acres and at full capacity will house 5,200 milking and dry cows. An estimated 73,753,578 gallons of wastewater will be produced by the farm per year and the facility will include waste storage lagoons and a storm retention pond.

This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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