Some southern Gage County residents are concerned that a proposed turkey hatchery will have a negative impact on the area.
On Wednesday, the County Board of Supervisors discussed a permit filed by Tim and Jill Scheele for the Hybrid Turkeys hatchery around two miles northwest of Odell on Southwest 89th Road.
Jill Scheele said the operation will consist of two sheds, one for raising turkeys and the other for laying, each with a shower system.
She said most neighbors have been supportive of the plan.
“We actually have a lot of support from our neighbors,” she said. “Honestly, we had just the one neighbor who had the issue. The other ones were like, ‘Why are you coming to talk with us?’”
Hybrid Turkeys will own the birds, which will not exceed 14,500 animals. This figure prompted one neighbor to speak out to the County Board during Monday’s committee meetings.
Area resident Gary Bures said because the farm will have less than 15,000 birds, it isn’t required to go through the special use permit process. He expressed concerns that the farm will be detrimental to the area and lead to excess traffic on Southwest 89th Road.
“There’s going to be a lot of road traffic,” he said. “My fear is safety on Southwest 89th Road.”
Board member Terry Jurgens confirmed that due to the operation’s proposed size it would not require a special use permit or the public hearings that come with that process.
“This facility is permitted under the current zoning laws we have right now,” he said. “It complies with everything. It isn’t a special use permit or anything else. The application has been filed… It looked like a large facility, But in discussion with (Nancy Niedfeldt, Planning and Zoning Administrator) she says this fits zoning regulations.”
The couple also provided a manure plan for the business, Turkey Run Farms, though one was not required due to the number of animal units. Manure will be spread on fields or stored off site away from bodies of water and residences.
The permit states that 6,000 female poults and 1,000 male poults will be placed in grow barn for 29 weeks, at which time they’ll be moved to the lay barn.
After 14 days, an artificial insemination team from Hybrid Turkeys will work at the farm.
Within four weeks, the turkeys will be laying at up to 75 percent capacity, with a goal of 100-105 eggs during this period.
At 28 weeks, the hens will be removed by Hybrid Turkeys for slaughter and the barns will be cleaned.
Scheele said one feed truck and one egg truck will go to the farm each week, and the operation will create up to six jobs.