Manure Management

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 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.
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Manure Treatment

Anerobic Digestion Composting

Marketing and Exchange of Manure Neighbour Relations and Manure Management Nutrient Management

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This information published to the web on November 24, 2009.
Last Reviewed/Revised on January 18, 2019.