NJ Animal Waste Requirements
The New Jersey Department of Agriculture has approved an Animal Waste Management Rule, requiring all livestock owners to proactively address and manage non-point source pollution originating from livestock operations. This includes those farms housing horses, dairy cows, cattle, swine, goats, sheep, poultry and all other domesticated species considered farm animals.
The rule was written to prevent water and other environmental pollution. All livestock farmers are required to:
- Report all reportable diseases to the State Veterinarian.
- Implement a bio-security protocol.
- Store manure at least 100 feet away from waters of the state.
- Control access of animals in confined areas to waters of the state.
- Apply animal manures according to accepted Best Management Practices.
All farms with more than seven animal units (1 unit = 1000 pounds) are legally required to implement an animal waste management plan. For more information please see the resources at njaes.rutgers.edu/animal-waste-management.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension is available to assist farm owners and managers with questions related to animal waste management. Please contact your local Extension agent; he/she will be able to assist you and refer you to needed resources.
Reference and adapted from:
Gilkerson, B. 2006. Is my barn eco-friendly? University of Minnesota Extension Service, Hennepin County. extension.umn.edu/Agriculture/horse/care/is-my-barn-eco-friendly.
Livestock owners need to be aware of their effect on our environment and natural resources. Regardless of the kind of livestock you have, proper management of animal and land resources are important to limit potential impact on natural resources. Take this quiz to determine how eco-friendly your livestock operation is.
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