A feedlot is a lot or building, or combination of the two, which is intended for the confined breeding, feeding, or holding of animals and is specifically designed as a confinement area in which manure may accumulate. A concentration of animals so dense that vegetation will not grow is also considered a feedlot. Open pastures are not considered a feedlot under the state definition.
The McLeod County Feedlot Ordinance requires any feedlot having 50 animal units or more, or having 10 animal units or more in shore land, register for a feedlot permit. In order to register your feedlot the Feedlot Application must be submitted to McLeod County Environmental Services along with any required fees or supplemental documentation.
Feedlot re-registration is based on a four-year cycle; the state requires that all feedlot owners register once in each cycle. The previous cycle was January 2nd, 2010 through January 1st, 2014; the current cycle is January 2nd, 2014 through January 1st, 2018. Therefore if you registered between 2010 and 2014 you would need to re-register before January 1st, 2018. Re-registration requires the completion of a Feedlot Registration Form that is submitted to McLeod County Environmental Services
An animal unit is a unit of measurement created to compare feedlot animals of all types and sizes. According to Minnesota State Rule Chapter 7020
an animal unit is derived by dividing the average weight of the animal by 1,000 pounds.
According to the McLeod County Feedlot Ordinance a Conditional Use Permit is required from the Planning and Zoning Department if any of the following conditions are met: the feedlot is new or existing over 800 animal units, the feedlot has less than one-half acre owned or leased for manure disposal per animal unit, or if it is a new feedlot requesting to be registered with less than 40 acres under ownership at the facility site.
o Any feedlot over 1,000 animal units will need to obtain either an NPDES or SDS permit as described HERE
For current setback regulations please refer to McLeod County Feedlot Setback Requirements
o For incorporated and un-incorporated application of manure please refer to McLeod County Manure Application Setbacks and Manure Application: Water Setbacks
o Manure stockpiling and application from feedlots outside of McLeod County, greater than 400 animal units, requires either a 48/24 Hour Administrative Permit, which allows for stockpiling of manure for no more than 48 hours and requires incorporation within 24 hours, or a Special 2 Month Administrative Permit, which allows for stockpiling of transported manure from September 1st to October 31st.
o Manure Stockpiling Setbacks:
§ 100’ of any private well
§ 300’ from surface tile inlets
§ 660’ from any new or existing single-family residence
§ 1000’ from rivers, streams, lakes, or DNR protected wetlands types 3-8
§ 1320’ from public or private drainage ditches and any area rezoned to a rural residential district, church, school, park, city limits, or licensed day care facility