Practices & Technologies Aimed at Reducing the Environmental Impacts Ffrom Hog Production
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Protecting the natural environment is a priority for the hog sector. The pork industry contributes significantly to long term research to monitor the impact of livestock production on the air, soil and water sources. Sustainable production is necessary to long term viability of the hog industry and producers take this responsibility seriously since they live and work on their land and drink the water. Their businesses depend on it!
Hog operations are regulated under the intensive livestock provisions of Saskatchewan's Agricultural Operations Act, 1995. The Act is designed to ensure livestock operations develop and operate in a manner that protects surface groundwater. All intensive livestock operations, regardless of size, are required to ensure that water sources are protected.
In addition to the provincial regulatory requirments, hog production units must meet criteria and approval processes set out by individual rural municipalities where barns are situated. Siting of barns, manure management plans and sensitivity to neighboring communities are all taken into account when production units are approved for construction.
Farmers have long considered neighbors when carrying out necessary agricultural practices. Livestock producers supply neighbouring farms with inexpensive manure fertilizers and further contribute to communities by creating jobs and supporing local events and initiatives. Cultivating goodwill and trust in the community is important for successful livestock farming.
Site Characterization Manual For the development of Intensive Livestock Operations and Earthen Manure Storage
Saskatchewan is recognized as a leader in the areas of animal care and environmental research: