NRCB provisions for confined feeding of cow-calf herds during dry conditions

Posted on July 21, 2021 |

The NRCB recognizes that due to the current very dry conditions and poor grass pastures, summer feeding of cow-calf herds may be required. Under normal conditions, cow-calf confined feeding during the grazing period may be considered a confined feeding operation that requires a permit. However, due to the extenuating circumstances, the NRCB will not require producers to obtain permits, provided the following parameters are met:

  • manure must be managed according to Agriculture Operation Practices Act requirements,
  • areas used for cow-calf feeding must not pose a risk to surface water or groundwater quality,
  • the cow-calf herd must return to grazing when grass is available in 2022, and
  • the feeding area must return to its normal use.

If operators have any questions about confined feeding of cow-calf herds during the grazing season due to dry conditions, contact Kevin Seward, NRCB Manager of Compliance at 403-331-0637.