Featured Publication: Using Dry Lots to Conserve Pastures and Reduce Pollution Potential

Managing livestock can also be challenging, especially during the winter. Improper pasture management during the winter and early spring months can adversely affect pasture quality and the environment. Livestock owners can elect to use a dry lot during periods of increased rain or drought, when pastures need to be protected. Dry lots are designed as permanent heavy traffic use areas and are often used on cattle farms. They keep animals in a confined area to prevent them from damaging the entire pasture. A typical dry lot would contain water sources, feeders, and mineral feeders. The area can be used for wintering animals, handling animals for medical treatments, etc. Using filter fabric and gravel creates a long lasting and economical  dry lot. See Forage Website for full article.