RYAN BROEGE PHOTO The Independent-Register
These four free-stall barns will house the site’s 5,800 cows, milking and dairy. Calves and heifers will be raised off-site.

By Ryan Broege, Editor –

The DNR on Wednesday issued Pinnacle Dairy its final permit, the final step required before the dairy is populated with cattle and turns operational.

The approval marks an end to a lengthy approval process that ran into numerous delays – in one instance, Sylvester Township refused  to issue a driveway permit before certain other conditions were met, a conflict that was brought to court but eventually settled out of it.

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