The goal of Carver County's Feedlot Program is to ensure that animal feedlots and animal wastes are properly managed to protect public health and natural resources. All Carver County registered feedlot sites are inspected for feedlot compliance on a four year rotation. Feedlots which operate under a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) are reviewed and/or inspected on a yearly basis. The Carver County Feedlot Program also provides owner assistance and education to current and proposed feedlot operators.
A feedlot is an open lot or building intended for feeding, breeding, raising or holding animals, where manure may accumulate and no vegetative cover can be maintained.
The number of farm animals allowed on a property is dependent upon a number of factors including the number of acres, the zoning district, and distance to existing homes, churches, schools, parks, etc.
New feedlots are not allowed in shoreland or floodplain overlay districts, within 300 feet of an unprotected wetland Type 3 or greater of one acre or more, or within 500 feet of any wetland designated as a special protection area.
- No new feedlots shall be constructed within any of the Transition Areas identified by the County Comprehensive Land Use Plan without approval of the city;
- New feedlots within 1,000 feet of an existing home are restricted to 29 animal units or less;
- The number of animal units allowed in Agricultural zoning districts is limited when the parcel is less than 5 acres;
- Township Chapters of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan address policies regarding maximum animal unit density/numbers and thresholds that would trigger a Conditional Use Permit;
- Feedlots of 10 animal units or more are required to be inventoried through the County Feedlot Inventory. A feedlot registration form must be submitted to the Carver County Feedlot Administrator.
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For specific information regarding a particular property, concerning manure management, permitting & registration, setback requirements or other general questions regarding a feedlot please contact Alan Langseth at 952-361-1808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.