What is Winter Feeding and Manure Management
Winter feeding and manure management practices are intended to prevent areas exposed to heavy livestock traffic from experiencing excess manure and soil loss due to destruction of ground cover, and to manage waste where livestock are concentrated. These practices are considered as a final step in the conservation farm planning process.
Types of practices
Animal Waste Control Facilities
This practice provides a facility for the storage of animal waste so that stored waste can be returned to the land according to a Nutrient Management Plan.
Feeding Pad or Seasonal Feeding Facility
This practice provides a feeding pad which is a gravel or concrete pad that provides a stable area for feeding livestock and allows for the capture of manure.
Loafing Lot Management
This practice divides an area into grass lots where cattle are rotated, as necessary, to maintain adequate vegetative cover. A sacrifice area or loose housing facility is installed for use during periods of wet weather to prevent damage to the loafing lots.