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Granger Man Says He's concerned About Pastures Impact on Children

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Granger, Wa -  A man from Granger contacted KNDO this morning to express his concerns about the pasture for 200 calves.  He says it's too close to a childcare center and a middle school in the area.  

A dairy farmer wants to buy the land, so he can raise about 200 calves for his dairy farm.  Hector Fonseca has many family members that attend the childcare center and middle school that are right across the street.  He's concerned that raising 200 calves here will children at risk.

"What kind of diseases could they (the calves) bring with all the dust and flies," he says. 

Traffic is another concern for Fonseca.  He says more calves means more trucks and many children walk to and from school.  The dairy farmer - Allen Voortman directed us to his lawyer who says they disagree with Fonseca and other concerned community members. 

The lawyer says Voortman's operation will be low intensity with only be 200 calves raised on spread out pasture, but Fonseca says that child's health and safety come first.

"I feel for the children in this community."

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