Manure is a valuable by-product from dairy farms and is used as a resource with many benefits. Applying manure to cropland as a fertilizer is a sustainable agricultural practice because nutrients can be effectively recycled. Manure is a source of plant nutrients and improves soil organic matter, structure, aeration and water holding capacity.
Employing a Nutrient Management Plan will help dairy producers balance manure nutrients, commercial fertilizer and existing soil nutrient levels with crop needs, to maximize yields and minimize environmental risks.
By applying the appropriate amount of manure to the soil at the right times, its use will be optimized.
In addition, all dairy farmers must follow the requirements for manure management that are outlined in provincial regulation under the Agricultural Operations Practices Act.