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New terms for defining open, confined operations


October 25, 2010
By IMMAG

October 14, 2010 – When the EPC recently approved the latest animal
feeding operations rule package, the way open feedlots are
distinguished from confinements was further defined.

October 14, 2010 – When the EPC recently approved the latest animal feeding operations rule package, the way open feedlots are distinguished from confinements was further defined.

This change will cause some producers the need to reevaluate how their livestock operation is classified.

In the past, it was interpreted that if animals had access to the outside, out from under the roof, that operation was considered an open feedlot and not a confinement. Now, in order for animals to be considered housed in an open feedlot operation all animals must have unrestricted access to the outside and the unroofed area must be at least 10 per cent of the square footage of any attached roofed area.

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