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Avoid livestock issues

Be a considerate neighbour and be worthy of public trust in livestock production

By Christopher Pinno, P. Eng, Regional Specialist, Moose Jaw

September 27, 2018

Nuisance from livestock operations can be caused by dust, noise, odour, smoke and other disturbances that can adversely affect the use and enjoyment of one’s property. This includes the spreading of livestock wastes such as manure and the management of mortalities, which can also cause environmental impacts.

If you must apply manure near your neighbours, be sure to communicate with them to plan an appropriate time to spread the manure to minimize odour and nuisance issues – be a considerate neighbour!

The Agricultural Operations Act plays multiple roles in livestock production. The purpose is to balance environmental and social responsibilities with the realities of agricultural production. The main provisions of the Act are to provide a mechanism for resolving nuisance disputes between agricultural producers and their immediate neighbours, and protection of ground and surface water by proper management of manure and animal waste.

It’s important to follow The Agricultural Operations Act and other provincial and municipal bylaws for your area. Some categories of livestock operations require approved plans under The Agricultural Operations Act. This will help ensure you manage manure and livestock wastes in an environmentally responsible manner. Call the Agricultural Operations Unit or refer to the document “Does my Operation Require Approval” to determine if you require approval.

In addition to following provincial and local rules, remember that livestock manure is a nutrient-rich, valuable fertilizer resource. However, planned management is required to minimize nutrient and bacteria additions to waterways, and potential nuisance and odour concerns. Locate livestock operations and manure stockpiles away from watercourses. Apply manure as fertilizer at agronomic rates, and away from watercourses, neighbours, and recreational and other sensitive areas. Apply manure in the spring, summer or fall, avoiding application in winter or under frozen conditions. Fence off mortality disposal sites to deter scavenging, properly cover carcasses, and bury or compost mortalities on clay soils, keeping contaminated runoff out of waterways and groundwater.

To learn more about the Nuisance Provisions or the Intensive Livestock Provisions, contact the Ministry of Agriculture’s Agricultural Operations Unit at 306-787-2150.

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