Licensing of Livestock Operation
At the present time, the Livestock Operations Act requires new and some expanding livestock operations and operations repopulating after vacancies of two years or more to become licensed to ensure that these are properly sited, that the manure facility is properly designed and constructed, and that the manure is managed in an agronomic and environmentally sound manner.
A person who applies for a livestock operation licence shall provide the Registrar with:
(a) A completed application
(b) A site development plan in relation to a proposed livestock site
(c) A description of the manure system for the proposed livestock operation
(d) A manure nutrient management plan for the proposed livestock operation, signed by an agrologist registered under the Agrologists Act
(e) A copy of any watercourse alteration permit that is required with respect to the operation under the Watercourse and Wetland Alteration Regulation under the Clean Water Act, and
(f) Such other information the Registrar may require in relation to the application
The guiding principles of the Livestock Operations Act include:
- Responsible manure management that recycles manure as a valuable soil nutrient for crop production;
- Reduced conflict with neighbours by means of minimum separation distances between livestock facilities on licenced farms, and nearby dwellings and land uses;
- Proper siting, design and construction of manure storage and handling facilities;
- Reduced the risk of contamination of water and soil resources by setting attainable controls on manure application.
The Livestock Operations Act is administered by the department. The Registrar issues licenses on behalf of the Minister. Licenses contain terms and conditions relative to siting, minimizing environmental degradation and manure handling and utilization. The conditions are enforceable.