Beneficial Management Practices: Environmental Manual for Alberta Cow/Calf Producers

 
 
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 These farm practice guidelines were developed for Alberta's cow/calf producers through the co-operation of industry, government and interested stakeholders to create greater awareness and understanding of beneficial environmental management practices. This publication is based on the best available research and years of experience.

While the authors have made every effort to ensure that the manual is accurate and complete, it should not be considered the final word on the areas of law and the practices it covers. Producers should seek the advice of appropriate professionals and experts as the facts of each situation may differ from those set out in the manual.

The guidelines are intended to provide a range of management options for cow/calf producers of various sizes and types. The operations dealt with in this manual relate only to cow/calf production and do not include other operations, such as backgrounding, that a cow/calf producer may participate in. Operators that are managing animals under other more intensive operations should refer to the Beneficial Management Practices: Environmental Manual for Feedlots in Alberta.

This document will be updated regularly to incorporate new proven technologies and information on environmental practices. Individuals not experienced in cow/calf production practices should not extract portions of this publication, nor draw inference, without considering all aspects of production. These guidelines should not be adopted literally into legislation, in whole or in part, by any level of government.

Developed by:
Alberta Beef Producers
Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development

Funded by:
Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
Alberta Beef Producers
Alberta Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture Program
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's CARD Program, administered by the Agriculture and Food Council of Alberta

Acknowledgements:
Alberta Beef Producers
Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration

1.0 Introduction (205 Kb)

2.0 Environmental Considerations (394 Kb)

  • 2.1 Water Quality
  • 2.2 Soil Quality
  • 2.3 Air Quality
  • 2.4 Biodiversity
  • 2.5 Pesticides
  • 2.6 Pharmaceuticals
  • 2.7 Pathogens
  • 2.8 For More Information

3.0 Land Base Management (228 Kb)
  • 3.1 Know Your Resources
  • 3.2 Managing Land Base
  • 3.3 For More Information

4.0 Site Management (437 Kb)
  • 4.1 Site Evaluation
  • 4.2 Site Management
  • 4.3 Management Methods
  • 4.4 For More Information

5.0 Water Supply Management (308 Kb)
  • 5.1 Know Your Water Source
  • 5.2 Preventing the Contamination of Wells, Dugouts and Streams
  • 5.3 Watering Systems
  • 5.4 For More Information

6.0 Manure Management (268 Kb)
  • 6.1 Nutrient Value of Manure
  • 6.2 Manure Management
  • 6.3 Manure Management Tools
  • 6.4 For More Information

7.0 Grazing Management (334 Kb)
  • 7.1 Assessing Grazing Resources
  • 7.2 Understanding Grazing Practices
  • 7.3 Grazing Management Tools
  • 7.4 For More Information

8.0 Pest and Predator Management (261 Kb)
  • 8.1 Burrowing Rodents
  • 8.2 Wild Ungulates
  • 8.3 Wildlife Predation
  • 8.4 Grasshoppers
  • 8.5 Pest Management Plans
  • 8.6 For More Information

9.0 Feed and Feed Storage (291 Kb)
  • 9.1 Silage
  • 9.2 Hay
  • 9.3 Grain
  • 9.4 For More Information

10.0 Disposal of Farm Waste (301 Kb)
  • 10.1 Disposal of Dead Animals
  • 10.2 Disposal of Veterinary Waste
  • 10.3 Pesticides
  • 10.4 For More Information

11.0 Handling and Storing Agricultural Inputs (222 Kb)
  • 11.1 Pesticide Storage and Handling
  • 11.2 Fertilizer Storage and Handling
  • 11.3 Petroleum Storage and Handling
  • 11.4 For More Information

12.0 Community Relations (210 Kb)
  • 12.1 Building Community Partnerships
  • 12.2 Conflict in Agriculture
  • 12.3 For More Information

13.0 Environmental Legislation (274 Kb)
  • 13.1 Provincial Legislation
  • 13.2 Federal Legislation
  • 13.3 For More Information

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Disclaimer
The primary purpose of the Beneficial Management Practices: Environmental Manual for Alberta Cow/Calf Producers is to assist producers in implementing beneficial management practices.

It is important to be aware that while the authors have taken every effort to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the manual, the manual should not be considered the final word on the areas of the law and practice that it covers. Producers should seek the advice of appropriate professionals and experts as the facts of individual situations may differ from those set out in the manual.

All information (including descriptions of or references to products, persons, Web sites, services or publications) is provided entirely "as is" and the authors make no representations, warranties or conditions, either expressed or implied, in connection with the use of or reliance upon this information. This information is provided to the recipient entirely at the risk of the recipient and, because the recipient assumes full responisibility, the authors shall not be liable for any claims, damages or losses of any kind based on any theory of liability arising out of the use of, or reliance upon, this information (including omissions, inaccuracies, typographical errors and infringement of third party rights).

To obtain a copy of the manual, contact the Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Publications Office toll free at 1-800-292-5697 (Agdex No. 420/28-2).
 
 
 
 
For more information about the content of this document, contact Karen Yakimishyn.
This document is maintained by Nicole Huggins-Rawlins.
This information published to the web on June 25, 2004.
Last Reviewed/Revised on June 15, 2006.