The owners of two northern Iowa livestock operations have been fined thousands of dollars for failing to file “manure management plans” with the state.
Luke and Charles Kollasch of Algona, who are brothers, own two companies that operate eight large hog confinements. Two of the confinements are in Kossuth County; the other six are in Palo Alto County.
According to information from the Iowa attorney general’s office, those eight confinements have the capacity to raise 23,000 head of hogs. The attorney general filed a lawsuit against the companies for failing to file manure management plans for five of the confinements in 2009. The manure management plans for the other three confinements were late, in one case eight months late.
A judge on Wednesday resolved the lawsuit by fining the companies $40,000 for the failure to meet the filing deadlines.