Nutrient balance sheets (NBS) are used to estimate phosphorus loads produced by rearing facilities, but currently are not recognized in the Agricultural Operations Regulation (AOR). A project was set up in cooperation with Fédération des producteurs d’oeufs du Québec and a number of producers to test the nutrient balance sheet method as a tool for estimating phosphorus output from pullets and laying hens in case the AOR is amended. The project consisted of evaluating the phosphorus retention factor, the accuracy of the method, and “sensitive” parameters, and generating test criteria for producers. A guide presenting and explaining the results was published along with the necessary training materials.
From 2016 to 2018
Water protection, Fertilizer management, Environmental regulations
This project will provide growers with a tool to estimate phosphorus discharge from their farms.
Quebec Reference Center for Agriculture and Agri-food
This project addresses the risks posed by new breeding practices that were developed to improve animal welfare.
Researcher: Stéphane Godbout
The aim of this project is to show that efforts made to better distribute phosphorus on the land are effective and that the indicators used to determine phosphorus saturation thresholds are correlated with soil phosphorus balance and dynamics.
Researcher: Marc-Olivier Gasser
This project will evaluate labour productivity and identify best practices and recommendations to boost the pork industry competitiveness.
Researcher: Luc Belzile