Example Site Map

Use a google maps screen shot of the property to provide accurate image of the barn and the property it is on.

Key elements to include in farm plan (currently indicated in the AHEM Producer Handbooks)

  • Legal land descriptions
  • Entryways
  • Fencing
  • Scale
  • Buildings
  • Recognized symbols
  • Hazardous materials
  • Directional arrow (north)
  • Meeting place
  • Mortality storage
  • Access routes/barriers
  • Potential contaminants
  • Manure pits
  • Important terrain features (drainage, ponds, creeks)
  • Control zones
  • Overhead wires

Separate the items to be included in barn and property into two different lists. See below.

Barn/ infrastructure features to note (Suggested for update on website and handbooks):

  • Recognized Symbols
  • Fencing
  • Change from “Legal Land Description” to “Premises identification, including street address, acreage, fire address, GPS location”
  • Include the types of pen styles, milking parlour type, etc.
  • Include the average number and type of animals
  • Exits: man-doors and animal loading
  • Feed location and systems
  • Deadstock bins or composting sites
  • Entryways and exits
  • Power sources (fuel tanks, generators, solar panels, etc.)
  • If applicable, the location of onsite equipment that could be used to handle and euthanize animals (gates, snares, boards, captive bolt or firearms, C02 chambers, etc.)

Site conditions to note (suggested for update on website and handbooks):

  • Soil types (sand, silt, clay, etc.), soil drainage, class, depth to water
  • Water wells (capped and active)
  • Tile drainage – where are your detailed tile maps located?
  • Surface water, aquifers, flood plains
  • Natural areas such as forests, wooded areas, bodies of water (is there frequent wildlife?)
  • Roads (winter maintenance?)
  • Property lines
  • Nearest neighbours and types of operations (ie. hogs or other livestock, etc.)
  • Distances to nearest neighbours, if known

Note: This information is important when making plans for composting or burial of large volumes of deadstock.