Mud and Manure

By Heath Keirstead | June 11, 2020

If you have livestock, you have to manage mud and manure.

Opening slide of mud and manure webinar

Click here to watch an excellent webinar titled Managing Mud and Manure on Your Small Farm, hosted by Melissa Fery of OSU Extension Service Small Farms Program.

Sacrifice Areas

A practice highlighted in the webinar is the construction of a sacrifice area, a reinforced heavy use area to reduce mud, for example, near barns and watering troughs. Sacrifice areas keep animals cleaner and healthier, and protect the environment. Read more about sacrifice areas on this helpful webpage created by Washington State University Extension. Other great mud and manure management information links can be found lower on this page.

Longitudinal section of a sacrifice area


Many wonderful resources are available to help you maintain good quality pasture and reduce mud.

horses in muddy sacrifice area

About the Author

Heath Keirstead

Heath Keirstead manages Benton SWCD’s Communications and Community Engagement as well as the Native Plant Program and Youth Education. She has a Master’s in Soil Science from Oregon State University. With a dual passion for people and the planet, she loves building relationships with partners, customers, volunteers, and students.

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