Record Keeping

    Record Keeping

    It is important for owners/operators of any livestock production operation to document and demonstrate implementation activities associated with their nutrient management plan (NMP). Documentation and management actives associated with a NMP provide valuable target information that AFO/CAFO owner/operators can use to adjust their NMP to meet production and natural resource conservation objectives.

    It is the AFO/CAFO owner and/or operators responsibility to maintain records that document the implementation and management of their NMP.

    Documentation should include:

    • Annual manure tests for nutrient content for each manure storage containment
    • Current soil test results
    • Application records for each manure or commercial fertilizer event including:
      • Containment source or type and form of commercial fertilizer
      • Field(s) where manure or organic by-products are applied
      • Amount applied per acre
      • Time and date of application
      • Weather conditions during nutrient application
      • General soil moisture conditions at time of application (i.e., saturated, wet, moist, dry)
      • Application method and equipment used
      • Crops planted and planting and/or harvesting dates by field
    • Record that address manure and waste water storage containment structures
      • Dates of emptying
      • Level before and after emptying
      • Discharge or overflow events, including levels before and after event
    • Transfer of manure off-site or to third party
      • Manure nutrient content
      • Amount of manure transferred
      • Date of transfer
      • Recipient of manure
    • Activities associated with emergency spill response plan
    • Records associated with any reviews by NRCS, third-party consultants, or representatives of regulatory agencies:
      • Dates of review
      • Name of reviewer and purpose of review
      • Recommendations or follow-up requirements resulting from the review
      • Actions taken as a result of the review
    • Records of maintenance preformed associated with operation and maintenance plans
    • Nutrient application equipment calibration
    • Changes to the nutrient management plan