As part of our commitment to restrict potential odours caused by our operations, we carefully manage the disposal of our animal waste. Our removal system allows hen waste to drop from cages onto a conveyor belt which transports the manure to a separate area to be treated by a drying technology. Drying the manure helps reduce potential odours. Once the drying technique is complete, the manure can be stored on site in contained buildings. About twice a year, the manure will be spread to be used as organic fertilizer. This removal technique helps keep our livestock safe and our eggs clean, as well as control the release of potential odours.
Under the Agricultural Operation Practices Act, an operator is required to build a pre-determined setback between its confined feeding operation and its neighbours. This setback acts as a buffer to ensure that neighbouring residents and businesses are not impacted by potential odours caused by an operation. The distance required for the setback is determined by a formula referred to as Minimum Distance Separation (MDS). The MDS is based on proven research that shows that an odour will disperse over a certain distance and is measured from the outside walls of a residence to the point closest to the livestock facility. The MDS is different for every project depending on several characteristics such as the number of animals present at the operation from which the odour derives.
Country Hills Egg Farm is committed to meeting the requirements set out in the Agricultural Operation Practices Act. For our projects, the MDS radiuses are 631 metres (Project #1) and 211 metres (Project #2) from rural agriculture residences.
The design of the proposed project will also abide by many recommendations set out in RVC’s Agricultural Boundary Design Guidelines. These guidelines help minimize potential issues between rural agricultural and non-agricultural neighbours, such as visual impacts, by providing strategies such as adequate buffers, fencing and setbacks.