Intensive livestock Operation Law and Legal Definition

An intensive livestock operation refers to a farm or farm operation engaged in raising, breeding, or feeding beef or dairy cattle, horses, swine, sheep, goats, poultry/fowl, turkeys/ducks, or other livestock in concentrations of 300 or more animal units. It includes any buildings, structures, excavations, or enclosed areas directly involved therein, including land used for pasture or feedlot purposes, and any animal waste storage structures, excavations or areas directly connected to or associated with such operations.

The following is an example of a case law on intensive livestock operation:

The ordinance defined intensive livestock operations to include any enclosure, pen, feedlot, building or group of buildings intended for the confined feeding, breeding, raising or hold of animals where animal waste may accumulate or where vegetative cover cannot be maintained due to the concentration of animals. [Cox v. Phillips, 1998 U.S. App. LEXIS 8821 (4th Cir. 1998)].