Healthy waters = healthier livestock
Watershed restoration practices benefit livestock producers by improving both the environment and the health of their animals.
Georgia Extension specialists worked with livestock producers in the Upper Chattahoochee basin to develop conservation and cost-share plans to implement best management practices.
Over eight years, nearly 50 projects resulted in a reduction of more than 327,000 pounds of nitrogen, 102,000 pounds of phosphorus and 43,000 tons of sediment into local waterways. Strategic fences, stream crossings and streambank stabilization efforts have reduced the number of livestock impacting water quality.
Implementing best management practices increases efficiency for livestock producers by improving grazing quantity and quality while reducing foot disease and pink eye issues. Producers also spend less time monitoring cows because the animals gather at a designated location for feeding and watering in the winter when environmental conditions are poor.