| ||Manure is a valuable resource when handled properly. It is an excellent source of nutrients and can improve soil tilth, structure and water-holding capacity. Manure has several advantages over commercial fertilizers, including on-farm availability, broad nutrient composition and ability to enhance soil organic matter. However, if manure is not properly managed, the risk of nutrient loss to water, soil and air increases. Nutrient losses can be costly and can negatively impact the environment.
Alberta's legislation, the Agricultural Operation Practices Act (AOPA) provides standards for manure management. All operations in Alberta who produce, storage or handle manure fall under AOPA. It is best to check the AOPA Legislation webpage to understand your responsibilities with respect to the legislation. In addition to the legislation there are beneficial management practices that can be adopted to address site specific concerns and maximize the benefits of manure.
This website provides information to help producers take advantage of the benefits of properly managing manure.
Calculators and Software Tools
Manure Inventory / Production
Manure Storage and Livestock Facilities
Marketing and Exchange of Manure
Neighbour Relations and Manure Management
Nutrient Management Planning Guide - Download the Manual (14.2 MB PDF)
Odour and Air Quality
Water Quality and Manure Management