SCH Number 2014122004
- Use Permit Application No. PLN2014-0108 - Isabel Machado Dairy
- Request to expand the herd of an existing dairy operation, currently operating on three parcels totaling 137.2± acres, in the A-2-40 (General Agriculture) zoning district. This project requests to expand the number of combined milk and dry cows from 1,180 mature cows (1,100 milk cows and 80 dry) to 1,700 mature cows (1,500 milk and 200 dry); and to increase support stock numbers from 80 to 1,160. The total number of animals is to increase by 1,600. Consequently, additional waste will be generated. The dairy’s existing Waste Management Plan (WMP) and Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) were revised to account for the increase in waste and resulting storage and disposal needs associated with the increase in herd size. The updated WMP estimates that the daily manure production will increase by 1,900 cubic feet to 4,586±, which equates to approximately 4,117,194 gallons and 550,389 cubic feet of manure per year (pre-separation). The estimated wastewater storage needs will be accommodated by the existing capacity of the on-site lagoons. The existing dairy operation has been previously developed with areas for feed storage, waste containment, milking facility infrastructure, and utilities. Due to the proposed increases in animal units, this applicant is also requesting construction of a 36,000± square-foot addition to an existing freestall barn, and a new 94,500± square-foot freestall barn, located immediately west of the existing dairy facility footprint. Although three Assessor’s parcels are included in this request, only one Assessor parcel (APN 057-007-005) houses the dairy facility. The remaining two parcels associated with the project consist of cropland and ponds for waste containment and nutrient application. Nutrients produced from the herd will be utilized to fertilize approximately 100± acres of irrigated cropland on-site and on applicant-owned parcels to the south of the project site. Hours of operation will remain the same at 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The applicant anticipates increasing employees from 11 to 14 employees on a minimum shift and from 12 to 15 employees on a maximum shift; and one customer/visitor on-site per day. The anticipated number of truck trips per day will increase from one to three. The parcel has also been improved with one single-family dwelling. The site is served by private well and septic system and has access to County-maintained South Mitchell and Hilmar Roads.
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