CONVOY — An existing Van Wert County farm hopes to construct a new swine finishing barn that would allow them to house more swine than before.
CW Farms, LLC, 3347 Mentzer Road, Convoy, recently filed with the Ohio Department of Agriculture to expand its operations.
The barn, which is operated by C.W Harting III and Colin Harting, currently holds 2,499 swine weighing more than 55 pounds. The barn is constructed over a concrete pit, which holds 993,000 gallons of manure (a year’s worth supply), according to a news release from the state.
Harting III didn’t respond to calls for comment.
According to the draft Permit to Install, the new barn would house almost twice as many swine, amounting to 4,000 swine weighing more than 55 pounds each. The farm could then handle 6,500 swine total.
The concrete pit would be able to store 1,693,800 gallons of liquid manure and would allow the farm to produce a total of 2,259,600 gallons of manure annually.
The newly constructed barn would also have a mortality compost that would store up to 2,066 cubic feet of composted mortality material, providing up to an estimated 130 days worth of storage. The facility is expected to generate about 43 tons of mortality compost material annually.
The mortality compost material and liquid manure would be land applied each year with 1,296 acres in a crop rotation that includes corn and soybeans.
As a part of the required mortality management plan, the facility proposed to utilize composting as the primary method for managing mortality losses.
The farm will also be required to have a detailed insect and rodent control plan is required to minimize the presence and negative effects of insects and rodents.
The facility will be required to construct both an emergency response plan and an operating record.
Copies of the draft permit can be reviewed at the Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting (DLEP) office at A.B. Graham Building, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068, (614) 387-0470.
Any person may submit written comments and/or request a public meeting on the draft permit. A request for a public meeting must be in writing and shall state the nature of the issues to be raised at the public meeting. Comments and/or public meeting requests must be received by the DLEP office no later than 5 p.m. July 6.
Comments can either be mailed to the Reynoldsburg office or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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