Where does all the poop go?
Pig manure is a valued organic fertilizer that has been used by farmers for over 10,000 years to build and maintain soil health. When manure is used to enrich soil, there is much less need for synthetic, imported or non-renewable fertilizer.
The Facts on Phosphorus and Manure in Manitoba
There are many contributors to Lake Winnipeg’s condition. Lake Winnipeg Stewardship Board developed the following list of phosphorous contributors.
- 53% outside sources (32% USA)
- 17% natural and undefined sources (e.g. septic fields)
- 15% agriculture (of which hogs contribute only 1.5%)
- 9% municipal/Winnipeg wastewater
- 6% atmospheric
Source: Lake Winnipeg Stewardship Board December 2006 report Reducing Nutrient Loading to Lake Winnipeg and its Watershed
Did You Know:
- Over 85% of all pig manure is injected into the soil. This prevents manure from running into streams and lakes.
- Manitoba’s larger pork producers (300 Animal Units or more) submit annual manure management plans, keep detailed manure application records, complete annual soil testing and manure analysis, and share their environmental records with the provincial government.
- Before pig manure is applied to a farm field, the soil must be tested for nutrient levels.
- By law, farmers must not allow manure to run off into waterways.
We are part of the solution
Click on the links below to view videos about the work we do to protect the environment. Click here to read the brochure.
- Regulating and modifying lagoons to protect our groundwater
- I am part of the solution – Tricia Schmalenberg
- I am part of the solution – Sheldon Stott
- Using GPS technology to protect our lakes and streams
- I am part of the solution – Scott Dick
- Using water samples from monitoring wells to protect Manitoba groundwater
- I am part of the solution – George Bilinsky
- Using injection method to ensure Manitoba’s farmlands receive the full benefit of organic fertilizer
- Manure Matters - a video on the latest technology for nutrient management planning on Manitoba farms