Getting Prepared for the Bovine General Order Implementation

Brian German Agri-Business, Regulation

The first deadline associated with the General Order for Confined Bovine Feeding Operations, known as the Bovine General Order, is quickly approaching. The Central Valley Water Quality Control Board adopted the order last year and operations that fall within the scope of requirements will need to have a Notice of Intent submitted to the Board by July 1.

Bovine General Order

Many different types of operations are covered by the order including stockyards, calf ranches, auction yards and others that confine animals for more than 45 days a year. While auction yards and smaller sized operations will have reduced requirements when it comes to the order, they will still need to file a Notice of Intent. The Board estimates that there are over 800 facilities that come under the requirements of the order.

The Notice of Intent will need to contain contact information for a facility along with a brief description of the operation. It will also require data related to manure management, how it is handled, if it composted and where it eventually ends up. The notice should also have information on existing flood protection.

Those who are affected by the Bovine General Order are advised to begin their preparation now for future deadlines. A certificate of completion for establishing a Nutrient Management Plan will be due July 1, 2019, and operators will need to work with a Certified Nutrient Management Specialist for its development. A Farm Water Quality Plan will also be due on December 31, 2019. An engineer will be required for the development of a Waste Management Plan explaining methods of surface water monitoring and will be due July 1, 2020.

Filling out a Notice of Intent along with completing other aspects of the order can be a lengthy process. Owners and operators are recommended to allow themselves adequate time for the necessary arrangements. Any questions regarding the deadlines or specific requirements can be answered through the Central Valley Water Quality Control Board.

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