Will a water trough reduce the amount of time hay-fed livestock spend in the stream (and therefore improve water quality)?

Miner, J. R., J. C. Buckhouse, J. A. Moore
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Cattle being fed hay in a winter pasture, and using the stream as their watering source, were contaminating the water by depositing feces directly in the stream or close to the water's edge. To attract cattle away from the stream and minimize water contamination, a watering trough was installed 100 yards from the stream close to the feeding area. Cattle behavior was compared between the pasture with the alternate water source and a pasture in which the stream was the only water source. The warm water and easy access to the water trough successfully lured cattle away from the stream and cattle spent 90% less time watering in the stream when the alternate water source was available. Reducing the amount of time cattle spend in the riparian area would most likely reduce the water contamination at this site, as less feces would be deposited in or near the stream.
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Montana State University

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