Nutrient Management

We write Maine Nutrient Management Plans
Lauchlin writes nutrient management plans for farms. Generally, this is so that farmers can comply with Maine Law that requires anyone with more than fifty animal units (an animal unit is 1000 lb. of live animal weight) or anyone who imports more than 100 tons per year of manure or other biosolids onto their farm to have a nutrient management plan.  Lauchlin has written more than 100 nutrient management plans for Maine farms of all livestock types, crop types, and sizes of operation. Nutrient management plans consist of soil sample analyses, manure or other biosolid nutrient analyses, and maps of the farm. This information, coupled with the total number of animals on the farm, the total acres of cropland , and the crops being produced allows us to make recommendations of the proper rate of manure or biosolid nutrients to apply to fields that are both agronomically and environmentally appropriate. These plans are valid for five years unless there is a change in the number of animals or acres on the farm. We can do all of the work from getting the samples, maps, and writing the plan or any portion of the work that the farm needs. Some farms can provide us with all of the sample and map data and we simply write the plan. Lauchlin has written several nutrient management plans for small scale poultry slaughter facilities to address their need for a plan of how to dispose of waste water and offal.
We provide assistance with Livestock Operation’s Permits and MEPDES Permits
Numerous Maine livestock producers have increased their herd size so that they fall under the state and federal requirements to have a Livestock Operations Permit (LOP). At that time it is also determined if they need to obtain a Maine Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit (MEPDES). This is not difficult work, but it is very time consuming. Linda has worked with over a dozen Maine farms to pull all of the necessary information together for the permit applications. There is a lengthy checklist of information to gather. Most of it can be found in the farms nutrient management plan. Generally we find that there are small individual pieces of information that are missing, like a soil sample for one or two fields, or a manure sample from a bedded pack heifer barn. The most time consuming piece of the work is obtaining written permission from landlords of leased fields to spread manure nutrients on the fields. The farm must also explain how they deal with regular mortality carcass disposal and their plan for dealing with a catastrophic carcass disposal.