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Digester requirement limits hog plans in Manitoba


June 17, 2014, Winnipeg, Man – The Manitoba government passed the Save Lake Winnipeg Act in the spring of 2011, creating new phosphorus regulations in the province.

As part of the law, new hog barns and expansions of existing barns must feature an anaerobic digester, which is an enclosed unit where microorganisms break down organic matter. If it doesn’t have a digester, the barn must have equivalent technology to treat the hog manure.

Manitoba’s hog industry has said the rules are excessive and too costly to implement. An anaerobic digester for a small hog barn could cost $1 million. READ MORE