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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Dairy farm fined after renovating barn without renewing expired nutrient management strategy

From the Ministry of the Environment:

Dunnville Company Fined $5,000 for Violation of the Nutrient Management Strategy

Cayuga - A Dunnville company was fined $5,000 for constructing a building or structure to house farm animals or store nutrients without a nutrient management strategy having been prepared, contrary to the Nutrient Management Act.

"Environmental protection legislation protects communities and the environment. Breaking these rules can result in serious penalties and is an offence the ministry takes very seriously," said Environment Minister Jim Bradley.

Huigen Bros. Farms Ltd. operates a dairy farm in Dunnville in the County of Haldimand. Ministry staff notified the company that their original nutrient management strategy had expired and would need to be renewed. An inspection of the site revealed an existing barn was renovated to house dairy cattle without an approved nutrient management strategy in place.

The company was fined $5,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $1,250 and given 60 days to pay the fine.