How Many Nutrient Units Do I Have?
Goat Operations

If you own a goat 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 goat 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 Goat Operation

Enter # of Animals

Nutrient Unit Conversion Factor

Divide # of Animals by Nutrient Unit Conversion Factor

Dairy does (including unweaned offspring)


8 animals/NU


Dairy kids


32 animals/NU


Feeder kids (>20 kg)


32 animals/NU


Mature meat goats (including unweaned offspring)


8 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 (b) of Division C of the building code made under that Act.

For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 01 July 2003
Last Reviewed: 19 November 2013