The Rap Sheets: Industrial Dairies in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin



A  coalition of local, state and national organizations led by the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project (SRAP) released a damaging report and recommendations for reform on the hazardous, uncontrolled growth of industrial dairy pollution and its impact on the residents of Kewaunee County, Wisconsin. The RAP SHEETS: Industrial Dairies in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin  is the result of more than a year-long investigation of government documents identifying negligent management of industrial dairy concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and a lack of oversight and enforcement by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) as catalysts for skyrocketing pollution that has pushed Kewaunee County to an environmental and public health crisis. The facilities in this report collectively received $14,417,910 of taxpayer-funded subsidies  between the years 1995 – 2013.

Partner organizations Family Farm Defenders and Kewaunee CARES joined SRAP to research, publish and provide recommendations for the first-of-its-kind report on the multiple violations, hun ­dreds of manure management failures and a host of operational problems at the 16 large CAFOs operating within Kewaunee County. Reform proposals include reversing the industry-friendly 2004 Livestock Facility Siting Law and reinstating community control over CAFO zoning and construction — an action that would begin to restore Kewaunee County, and save other Wisconsin counties from a similar fate.

Download the entire report here.

If you would like to view each chapter of the report individually, please click on the links below:


Executive Summary

Methodologies and Resources



The Rap Sheets

Da-Ran Dairy LLC  

Dairy Dreams LLC

Deer Run Dairy LLC

Duescher Legendairy Farms

Ebert Dairy Enterprises LLC

El-Na Farms LLC

Halls Calf Ranch LLC

Heim’s Hillcrest Dairy LLC

Kinnard Farms Inc

Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy LLC

Rolling Hills Dairy Farm LLC

Seidl’s Mountain View Dairy LLC

Skyline Blue Acres

Stahl Brothers Dairy LLC

Stahl Farms

Wakker Dairy Farm


For more information about factory farms in Wisconsin, please visit Food & Water Watch’s Factory Farm Map.