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Preventing Erosion in Pastures

Animal hooves can be rather destructive to some areas in a pasture. It is important to consider ways to minimize this destruction to prevent erosion of soil into streams and to prevent gullies from forming where water runs off land rapidly.

Lanes or laneways provide a controlled means to move animals from one section of a pasture to another or back and forth from the pasture to a barn.

Sacrifice areas are those areas where animals are held for a period of time during inclement weather.

Streambank fencing is a means to improve water quality by establishing a vegetative buffer that captures nutrients before they enter a stream and prevents soil erosion.

When pastures are designed, care should be given to the expected animal movement across fields.

Proper pasture design can prevent many problems from soil erosion.