Managing Pastures for Water Quality: Strategies for Seasonal Livestock Use


Author(s) Rhonda R. Gildersleeve, Peggy Compton.

The narrow green zones along banks of rivers, lakes, and ponds may offer good grazing but are easily damaged. This publication outlines tactics for grazing such areas in ways that minimize the likelihood of damaging vegetation, destroying wildlife habitat, polluting water, or increasing soil erosion. Among the numerous strategies described: deferring rotation, planning short grazing periods, and locating winter feeding areas away from the water (12 pages; 2011).