The Feedlot Program was developed to help govern the storage, transportation, disposal, and utilization of animal manure and process wastewater and the application for issuance of permits for construction and operation of animal manure management and disposal or utilization systems for the protection of the environment. The two primary concerns are ensuring that manure on a feedlot or from a manure storage area does not run into water and to make sure that nutrient rich manure is applied to cropland at a rate, method, and time that prevents run off to enter into Minnesota's streams, ground water, and lakes.


In October of 2000 the Feedlot Rule (Minn.R.CH.7020) revision went into effect. This allowed counties to be delegated and further educate the general public about livestock operations, to assist livestock producers with recognizing the benefits of proper nutrient management, and to foster working relationships with livestock producers so that both the environmental permitting process and the requirements of the MN Rules Chapter 7020 are better understood and implemented.  



What is a Feedlot?

A feedlot is a lot or buildings or combination of lots and buildings intended for the confined feeding, breeding, raising, or holding of animals and specifically designed as a confinement area in which manure may accumulate, or where the concentration of animals is such that a vegetative cover cannot be maintained within the enclosure.  

Goodhue County Feedlot Program

In December 2000 the Goodhue SWCD took on the responsibility to regulate the feedlot program in Goodhue County. The responsibilities include registration, permitting, inspections, education, assistance, and complaint follow-up.


The Goodhue County Feedlot Officer has the ability/authority to regulate feedlots from 0-999 Animal Units. Feedlots over 1,000 Animal Units are regulated through the MN Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and have a zero discharge policy. 

In Goodhue County any owner capable of holding 10 or more animal units must become a registered feedlot. To figure out how many Animal Units (AU) you have on your site please use the Animal Unit Worksheet.

If there are any feedlot questions please contact the Goodhue County Feedlot Officer : Kelsey Petit

at (651-923-5286 Ext.111) or email kpetit@goodhueswcd.org 

Manure Management


​RECORD KEEPING: Any person applying or receiving manure from a 100 or more animal unit facility MUST maintain manure application records for the most recent 6 years within special protection areas and for three years outside of special protection areas.

               * 100-299AU- Records must include manure-nutrient test results and all information needed to credit nitrogen from manure applications. If the feedlot holds between 100-299AU and is in a drinking water supply management area where aquifer is designated vulnerable to contamination then the records must  contain the same information as for feedlots with more than 300AU.

                * 300AU or more- These records must be kept. Field acerage and location, amount of manure applied to each field, manure test results, dates of manure application and incorporation, expected amounts of plant-available nutrients from manure and commercial fertilizer eash year, soil test results, and any changes to manure management plan.

MANURE NUTRIENT TESTING: Manure from all manure-storage areas storing manure produced from more than 100AU MUST be tested for nitrogen and phosphorus content at a minimum of once every four years with following exceptions:

  1.  Test once/year for at least three years if the manure is from a 300AU or more storage area, and then every four years 

  2. Retest when manure nutrient content may change due to climatic conditions, changes in manure storage or handling, livestock types, or livestock feed.*

  3. Must used certified laboratories certified by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture or MPCA-approved on farm sampling and analysis. 

  4.  Must obtain a representative sample (according to the U of M extension service recommendations)

---Free manure kits are available in the Goodhue SWCD Office. There are kits for solid and liquid manure. 

Building and Construction Permits


At the county level there are 3 types of notice and permits that can be obtained for a feedlot.

          NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION: Feedlots who are proposing construction or expansion and will have fewer than 300animal units after any expansion to notify the county feedlot officer. Feedlot owners who are proposing construction or expansion of any size to notify all local government units. Both notices are required at least 30 days prior to commencing construction.

         INTERIM PERMIT: For owners with less than 1000AU and non-CAFOs that have an identified pollution problem hazard. For owners of facilities with more than 300AU where land application is on high phosphorus soild; on greater than 6 percent slope in protection areas; or in drinking-water supply management area where the aquifer is vulnerable. Interim permits can be issued for any size facility under 1000AU. In some cases, interim permits may be required for construction or expanson activities under 300AU.

          CONSTRUCTION SHORT-FORM: For facilities proposing to construct or expand in the range of 300 to 999AU that do not have pollution problem.

A Goodhue County Conditional Use Permit will be needed if:

 A. Any new or expanding feedlot that meets or exceeds 500Au in an A-1 Zoning District.

 B. Any new expanding feedlot that meets or exceeds 300AU in an A-2 Zoning District.

 C. Any proposed lagoon system, earthen storage basin, or associated structure (pit) fir the storage or treatment of animal waste that exceeds 500,000 gallons.

 D. Any animal feedlot outside of a farmyard.

For questions or more information please contact the Goodhue County Feedlot Officer: Kelsey Petit 

(651-923-5286 Ext.111) Email: kpetit@goodhueswcd.org


Forms & Applications

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