Best Management Practices for Livestock Farms
University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service , 2008

Pennington, J., Daniels, M., Sharpley, A.N.

Best management practices (BMPs) are land management strategies that prevent or reduce the movement of sediment, nutrients, pesticides and other pollutants from the land to surface or groundwater. They are designed to protect water quality from potential adverse effects of land management practices from all locations within a watershed. Best management practices include soil and water conservation practices, other management techniques and social actions developed for a particular region as effective and practical tools for environmental protection. Best management practices can be used by homeowners, municipalities, farmers, industries, county, state and federal governments and agencies or anyone who manages or owns land. While BMPs are tailored to a particular land management situation and geographical location, they are implemented for the same basic goal of protecting our water resources. The focus of this fact sheet is on the use of BMPs on livestock farms.