Water Quality
Dan Miller Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Mon Dec 15, 2014 09:42 AM CST

It's a long-held belief of pasture management: Give cattle access to streams and they will stir up a nasty brew of fecal matter, biological contamination, sediment and nutrient loadings. The solution to watering cattle has been to pump it upland to troughs located away from the streams and creeks.

Jim Russell, professor of animal science at Iowa State University, is working to develop practices that allow cattle to drink from a stream, but also encourages them not to lounge in it. They have come upon these ideas by watching the cattle.

From those observations they have evidence showing that a ...

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