As part of our commitment to reduce any 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 to be treated by a drying technology. Drying the manure helps reduce potential odours. Once the drying technique is complete, the manure is transferred and stored (as dry manure) in separate sheds until it is ready to be removed from the site. About twice a year, the storage systems will be emptied and the manure will be transported to a different location 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 project, the MDS radius is between 545-metre and 726-metres, depending on your property type (Class 1 properties are 545m and Class 2 properties are 726m). Although no residences reside within the prescribed 545-metre and 726-metre radius, we intend to notify our neighbours within one mile of our proposed operation.
The design of the proposed project will also abide by stipulations 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.