Animal Science Department


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Published in 1995 Nebraska Swine Report, edited by Duane Reese; published and copyright © 1995 Animal Science Department, University of Nebraska – Lincoln.


Livestock operations located near private dwellings (including farmsteads) are often the subject of nuisance lawsuits because of the odor and flies generated. For many years the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that a feedlot was legally not a nuisance as long as it was properly maintained, regardless of the feedlot’s effect on neighbors. Beginning in 1975, however, the Court changed its position, ruling that feedlots could legally constitute a nuisance even if they were maintained with due care. If the feedlot is a nuisance, the operator could be required by the court:
1. to pay money damages to the neighbor,
2. to control the nuisance, or
3. to discontinue the feedlot.