Livestock and Water
Ponds can serve as a great source of year round water for livestock. The most common option for watering is to give animals free access to walk in and out of the pond. Unfortunately, this can lead to poor water quality, increased algae growth, and even animal losses if they break through the ice in winter. A better option would be to fence the pond off from all livestock and to install a frost free waterer below the dam.
Livestock water quality best practices
K-State has a livestock water quality specialist that can help with best practices.
Your closest contact is:
Watershed Specialist - Marais Des Cygnes River
Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment
Cost share funds
There may be cost share funds to help you fence a pond area and to install a new watering system. Your local contact for funds would be with the Johnson County Conservation District. The contact info is:
Gayla Speer, district manager,
Johnson County Conservation District.
This website contains information and publications on nutrient and pesticide management information from Kansas State University, Iowa State University, University of Nebraska, and the University of Missouri. There is a searchable database of all extension publications dealing with nutrient and pesticide management from the four universities.
KCARE was established to coordinate and enhance research, extension and teaching activities pertaining to environmental issues related to agriculture. Daniel L. Devlin, Ph.D., is the director. email@example.com
Kansas State Research and Extension also offers two good publications to get you started: