BMP Summary - Livestock Stream Exclusion

Fencing livestock out of streams reduces nonpoint source pollution by reducing streambank erosion and eliminating the bacteria associated with livestock waste. Farmers and landowners may hesitate to participate in livestock stream exclusion best management practices because fencing and alternative watering systems are relatively expensive to install and maintain. Producers who qualify for state and federal cost-share programs can reduce installation costs, and many have found that better herd health and improved productivity help regain capital costs and offset maintenance costs.