Huterville Colony applying for 2,400-hog expansion

By Shannon Marvel
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Hutterville Colony wants to expand its existing hog operation in Brown County by 2,400 head.

The Hutterite colony’s hog operation is 4 miles east and 3 miles south of Stratford, according to a permit application on the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources website. The expansion permit was submitted by Tom Waldner of Stratford.

The expansion would also have to be approved by the Brown County Planning and Zoning Commission, said Brown County Commission Assistant Gary Vetter.

Vetter said he has not heard about the proposed expansion. He was speaking on behalf of Scott Bader, county planning and zoning director, who was out of the office. No permit application has yet been filed with the county, Vetter said.

If approved, the operation would consist of a maximum of 9,970 hogs, 770 beef cattle, 148 mature dairy cows and 125 dairy heifers, according to the application. Manure would be applied to fields in portions of Spink and Brown counties.

A copy of the notice and online commenting are available on the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources website at A final decision on whether to approve the permit will be made after the May 4 commenting deadline.

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