I am responding to the Oct. 3, 2007 article, “Dairy Runs Afoul of ODA.”
First of all, let me clarify that Chesterfield Dairy is voluntarily implementing the manure treatment system. We are committed to protecting the environment and are always looking for ways to improve our manure management. This treatment system will, for example, allow us to recycle sand that is used for bedding and it will reduce the amount of manure that is applied on fields as fertilizer. This will also lead to less traffic to and from the farm.
Secondly, the manure treatment is operational.
Third, the well test was completed and results were submitted to ODA on Sept. 28, 2007.
Fourth, the storm water that was contained on our property has been pumped in one of the treatment cells, which needed to be filled up with water.
In consultation with ODA the manure that was brought in by Vreba-Hoff will be removed in the form of solids that will be generated by the manure treatment system. Let me also explain that Chesterfield Dairy has kept up with manure application all summer, thus there was room in our storage lagoon to help out another farm. The ultimate goal was to prevent any discharges from happening which would hurt the environment.– Karel van de Kolk Chesterfield Dairy, LLC