Dunbarton officials, farmer continue to discuss chicken farm
Giovagnoli said he will provide information requested by the Planning Board on how he will control manure and noise when his 20,000 hens roam an outdoor pen daily from noon to dusk. The Planning Board will review reports from an outside engineering firm on the plan’s design components, and the Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission regarding zoning and planning regulations. The next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 18.
As far as noise is concerned, Giovagnoli said there will be no roosters on his property, just egg-laying hens.
He has also received a conservation plan from the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Concord to safeguard air quality, soil and water. The agency works with farmers on manure management and nitrate impacts by taking soil and manure samples, and recommends the amount of fertilizer farmers need for their fields. He intends to adhere to proper fertilization of his soil, and the remaining manure will be sold to other farmers, he said.
On an average, 10 tons of manure is needed per acre and can be sold at $10 per yard. He said he has a customer with 300 acres and others who will be fighting over the manure.
Giovagnoli also said his proposed barn will not be the largest building in the area, contrary to some claims. He said his barn will be 46 feet wide, while horse barns in the area are about 80 feet wide. He said chickens only need a building with 8 feet tall walls. Also, he said, he is proposing building his barn a quarter of a mile from the road.
Several abutters at the meeting said the proposed 60-foot buffer of trees surrounding the barn is not enough to control odor and keep the barn out of sight.
If his plan is approved, Giovagnoli said people will be glad that some of his land and neighboring land-locked properties, about 135 acres in all, were not subdivided.
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