Farm Horizons, Dec. 2015

November rain vs. feedlot

I don’t often wish for a cold and frozen November, but this year I do. Not because I like winter. In fact, I dislike it more every year. But, a warm, rainy November means one thing for certain to a feedlot inspector . . . open lot and manure runoff.

Here are a few feedlot and manure management reminders to note as we approach the new year.

1. Manure stockpiles are required to be placed 300 feet of flow distance and at least 50 feet of horizontal distance to waters of the state, sinkholes, rock outcroppings, open tile intakes and rock inlets, and any uncultivated wetlands which are not seeded to annual farm crops or crop rotations, including perennial grasses or forages.

2. Livestock open lots placed next to a lake or a waterway are a pollution hazard, because there is a strong likelihood for manure nutrient runoff from the open lot. This includes horse and hobby farms.

3. If you have a feedlot permit and there are operational restrictions, you’re required to follow them. They’re intended to protect water quality.

4. Feedlots of 10 animal units or greater are required to be registered in Carver County.

5. Not all properties are suitable for livestock. Contact county staff to verify the property is suitable for a livestock operation before purchasing the property or animals.

6. Land application of manure setbacks are 300 feet from sensitive features, including ditches, streams, lakes, and open tile intakes. Meeting setbacks is especially important on frozen and snow-covered ground.

7. Application of manure into road ditches is prohibited.

Let’s make it a great 2016!

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