Concentrated/Confined Animal Feeding Operations

Livestock production in Indiana is becoming increasingly industrialized, resulting in large concentrations of livestock and manure in a small area. Indiana has about 2000 Confined Feeding Operations (CFOs) of which about 500 are the larger Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), defined as follows:

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO)

  • 1000 cattle or equivalent
  • 2500 hogs or sheep
  • 100,000 fowl

Confined Feeding Operation (CFO)

  • 300 cattle
  • 600 hogs or sheep
  • 30,000 fowl

(Source: Indiana Administrative Code 327 IAC 15 and 16)
View a spreadsheet listing all Confined Feeding Operations and Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations in Indiana. This list is sorted by county and includes the number of animals at each facility. This list contains all approved CFOs, as of June 2008, including some that may be under construction or in the planning stages.

These large livestock operations can have a major impact on rural communities and the environment. Communities are often concerned about impacts on:

  • Water quality
  • Air emissions
  • Health impacts
  • Quality of Life
  • Economic impacts including property devaluation

Learn More:

  • Indiana`s Rules Governing CAFO`s and CFO`s (Several rules are applicable)

327 IAC 15 General Permit Rule

327 IAC 16 Confined Feeding Rule