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What Is a Feedlot?
A feedlot is an open lot or building intended for feeding, breeding, raising or holding animals where manure may accumulate and vegetative cover cannot be maintained.

Manure storage structures are considered part of a feedlot, but pasture areas where vegetative cover is established are not considered feedlot area.

Feedlot Permits
Blue Earth County administers the State Feedlot Rules through an agreement with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. As a part of this program, a County feedlot permit is required when a feedlot has 10-animal units or more of livestock. To find out more information about feedlot permits or more information about the feedlot rules, please contact Chris Meeks at (507) 304-4381.  

Registered Feedlots in Blue Earth County
Blue Earth County has over 400 registered feedlots and currently ranks in the top three in pig production in the State of Minnesota. Feedlot operations contribute significantly to the economy of Blue Earth County.

In addition, manure from feedlots provide essential nutrients to agricultural crops when handled and applied properly.  Blue Earth County has more restrictive manure application setbacks than required by the MPCA and conducts inspections of land applications to ensure compliance with County and State regulations.

George Leary
Land Use Administrator 
Chris Meeks 
Land Use Specialist-Feedlots         

Aaron Stubbs
Land Use Planner

Blue Earth County Government Center
410 S. 5th St.
P.O. Box 3566
Mankato, MN 56002-3566

Ph: (507) 304-4381
Fx: (507) 304-4431