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Protecting Our Water Means Seeking Approval

By the Agricultural Operations Unit, Ministry of Agriculture

December 2016

Did you know that cow-calf producers may require approval to operate under The Agricultural Operations Act? Cattle pens and corrals within 300 metres of surface water require plans to handle manure. Usually this means constructing a holding pond to prevent runoff from leaving the property, but plans are also prepared to land-apply manure in a sustainable manner. To learn more about managing manure to protect our water, check out our blog post about treating water right.

Any livestock operation greater than 300 animal units also requires approval if the animals are kept in spaces totalling less than 370 square meters per animal unit. This usually includes animals kept in pens, corrals and buildings but excludes pasture situations. However, the regulations are not applicable to animals held for less than 10 days in any 30-day period. For example, this could be a loading or assembly facility.

Consumers are increasingly interested in methods of livestock production, including how livestock producers interact with the environment. Saskatchewan producers have demonstrated good land stewardship for many generations, but continued effort is required to protect our water resources.

Contact the Ministry of Agriculture today to find opportunities to improve your livestock operation.

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