Vale area farm proposed to become home to one of Oregon’s largest dairies

The state Agriculture Department is considering a request to triple the number of cows permitted on a Vale area farm, ahead of plans for a new dairy operation. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL)

VALE – A farm west of Vale could be converted into one of the largest dairy operations in Oregon under a plan pending at the state Agriculture Department that would allow nearly 10,000 cows on their property,

The Recla Dairy, at Recla Drive off of U.S. Highway 20 about six miles west of Vale, already holds a state permit for a confined feeding operation – or CAFO – for 3,200 animals.

The dairy at the farm stopped operating in 2003 and is for sale for $8.9 million.

Steve and Bob Recla, current owners of the dairy, seek an amendment to their waste . . .