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3,500 cow dairy proposed


SARATOGA, Wis (WSAU) The owner of Wysocki Produce Farms in Portage County is proposing one of the largest dairy farms in the area. They've applied for a permit for a 3,500 cow operation in Saratoga. They're purchasing the property from Plum Creek Timerlands in the corner of Portage County near the Adams and Wood county lines. The farm would be off highways 73 and 13, and would cover about 6,000 acres.

The farm's business plan calls for adding about 25 local jobs. The farm would also produce its own electricity by capturing methane, and re-selling the excess to the power company.

The new farm would be called Golden Sands Dairy. It would take about two-and-a-half years before the farm is up and running.