Grazing management practices have the potential to mitigate some problems with sediment and phosphorus loading in pasture streams. The project demonstrated possible strategies to lessen grazing impacts on streams.
Are there options to complete exclusion of cattle for maintaining water quality of pasture streams?
Yes, strategies such as rotational grazing with controlled grazing of the riparian paddock, building of stabilized stream access points, and/or providing off-stream water will reduce the risks of sediment and nutrient loading of pasture streams associated with congregation of cattle in or near pasture streams.
Daniel Morrical, John Kovar, Daryl Strohbehn, John D. Lawrence, Matthew Haan, Shelly Nellesen, Tom Isenhart, Richard Schultz
Year of Grant Completion
Russell, James R.; Morrical, Daniel G.; Kovar, John; Strohbehn, Daryl R.; Lawrence, John D.; Haan, Mathew M.; Nellesen, Shelly Lee; Isenhart, Thomas M.; and Schultz, Richard, "Quantifying the role of riparian management to control non-point source pollution of pasture and cropland streams" (2009). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 341.