Pastured cattle (and other livestock) are recognized as a critical factor in stream bank degradation and erosion. Fencing cattle away from stream banks is an effective technique for improving water quality in pastured stream corridors. When cattle graze in stream corridors, their hooves exert several times greater pressure on the soil than the per square inch weight of a bulldozer. They consume or trample vegetation, eliminating the stream's natural protective blanket of vegetation and expose the soil, increasing its vulnerability to erosion.
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Moore, Frank L.; Miller, Gerald A.; and Tidman, Michael J., "Fencing cattle away from creeks" (2000). Integrated Crop Management News. 2116.
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