Odour Management Plan for Alberta Livestock Producers

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Factors affecting the release of odour
The level of odour emissions from confined feeding operations depends on a number of factors, including the following:

  • size of operation
  • type of building and ventilation system
  • type of operation and the rearing cycle
  • feeding regime
  • management of the operation
  • manure storage
  • manure application practices
The effect of those emissions on the local environment depends on certain variables:
  • proximity to neighbours and other sensitive receptors
  • local topography
  • prevalent weather conditions such as wind speed, wind direction and atmospheric stability
Odour management plan
Odour management plans help producers identify where possible odour sources exist on their operation and provide solutions to manage odour from those sources.

Steps to building an odour management plan:

1. Assessing Your Operation
  • Provide a general description of your operation.
  • Identify neighbouring residents to the operation.
  • Identify land receiving manure.
  • Consider potential concerns neighbours may have because of proximity, nature of the landscape or primary wind direction.
2. Assessing Potential Odour Sources
  • This step is divided into four main management areas: Neighbour and Community Relations, Manure
  • Management, Feed Storage, and Manure Application.
  • The most common odour sources associated within each management area are identified.
  • Odour sources may or may not exist on your operation.
  • By picking practices applicable to your operation, you can assess the potential for your operation to produce odour concerns
  • The objective is to move from a high potential to a low potential.
3. Responses to Odour Concerns
  • Identify what actions could be taken with each of the applicable potential odour sources identified in Step 2.
  • Identify timelines when action items may be implemented.
4. Review and Completion Dates
  • Review odour management plan on a regular basis.
  • Fill in the date when actions were completed.
If you need assistance, you may want to consult with an Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) Confined Feeding Operation (CFO) Extension Specialist or an industry representative.

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development staff
CFO Extension Specialists
Morinville 780.939.1218
Red Deer 403.755.1475
Lethbridge 403.381.5885

Alberta Beef Producers 403.275.4400

Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association 1.800.363.8598

Alberta Chicken Producers 780.488.2125

Alberta Egg Producers 1.877.302.2344

Alberta Hatching Egg Producers 780.434.8414

Alberta Milk 1.877.361.1231

Alberta Pork 780.474.8288

Alberta Turkey Producers 780.465.5755

Click here for a pdf file of the complete plan

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
Alberta Beef Producers
Intensive Livestock Working Group
Natural Resources Conservation Board

The committee who prepared this manual gratefully acknowledges:

The MidWest Plan Service (MWPS), Iowa State University, Ames Iowa 50011-3080. Information has been adapted and reprinted with permission from their Livestock and Poultry Environmental Stewardship curriculum. Copyright 2001

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This information published to the web on January 13, 2012.
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