How Many Nutrient Units Do I Have?
Ratite Operations

If you own a ratite operation, Ontario Regulation 267/03 under the Nutrient Management Act, 2002 applies to you if your operation generates 300 or more nutrient units (NU) annually. It also applies to you if your operation generates more than five (5) NU annually and you:

  • apply for a building permit* to build any structure that is used to house livestock or to store manure; or
  • construct an earthen manure storage.

If you own a ratite operation and keep no other livestock on your farm, you can use the following chart to easily determine the nutrient units for your farm operation.

Determine Total Nutrient Units for Your Farm

Type of Ratite Operation Enter # of Animals Nutrient Unit Conversion Factor** Divide # of Animals by Nutrient Unit Conversion Factor

Ostrich Breeding Adults (includes replacements & market birds)

 

4 animals/NU

 

Emu Breeding Adults (includes replacements & market birds)

 

12 animals/NU

 

Rhea Breeding Adults (includes replacements & market birds)

 

13 animals/NU

 

Total Nutrient Units on Farm

 

* O. Reg. 267/03 also applies to those operations that would require a building permit under the Building Code Act, 1992 but are exempt from having to obtain a permit under the application of clause 1.3.1.1(1) (b) of Division C of the building code made under that Act.

**The nutrient unit conversion factors for ratites are for discussion purposes.


For more information:
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E-mail: nman.omafra@ontario.ca
Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 01 July 2003
Last Reviewed: 28 September 2015