Livestock Management

The Livestock Management Programs are designed to assist landowners with the protection and restoration of corridor areas along waterways (known as riparian habitat) in an effort to reduce stream bank erosion, enhance habitat for wildlife, and improve downstream water quality. These programs  Other projects that provide benefits and enhancements to the riparian area will also be considered.

Livestock Management

Mateychuk Off-Site Watering System

Restricting livestock access to riparian areas not only benefits water quality and bank stability, but can also improve livestock performance.  Livestock that drink cleaner water spend more time grazing and ingest more forage.  Research has shown that animals experience greater weight gain when drinking clean water compared with direct access to dugouts and ponds.  By keeping livestock out of the water, health problems such as foot rot can also be reduced.

Check out some of our successful projects from our blog:

Marynowski Alternative watering and dugout fencing

Farming for the Future

Funk cross river fence

Mateychuk Alternative watering system

Funding is available from the SRRCD for:

  • Fencing off riparian areas (streams, rivers, creeks etc. including those that don’t flow year round)
  • Establishing watering systems away from riparian areas
  • Constructing designated livestock crossings

SRRCD will cover up to 75% of the total project costs, up to a maximum of $4,000 to fence off riparian areas. We will also cover 75% of project costs, up to a maximum of $7,500 to establish a watering system once fencing is in place. Livestock crossings will also be funded at 75% of total project costs, up to a maximum of $1,000.

Funding is also available from the SRRCD for:

  • Fencing off dugouts and ponds 
  • Establishing watering systems away from dugouts/ponds

The SRRCD will cover up to 75% of the total project costs, up to a maximum of $1,000 to fence off dugouts or phonds. We will aslo cover 50% of project costs, up to a maximum of $5,000 to establish a watering system once fencing is in place.

NOTE: landowners who already have fencing in place may apply for our watering system or livestock crossing programs on their own. Similarly, you can apply for the fencing program without also applying for the watering system program. Fencing must be in place (or applied for through our program) in order to qualify for the watering system program.

Riparian Livestock Management Application*

 

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