Your farm can benefit

Your local Soil and Water Conservation District can help you qualify to receive up
to 100 percent reimbursement for the cost of fencing the streams on your farm and
providing an alternative water source for your livestock (SL-6 practice only).
Streamside livestock exclusion also can benefit your bottom line by:
• Improving herd health.
• Promoting greater weight gain in beef cattle.
• Increasing the quality and quantity of milk produced by cows.
• Supporting better management of available forage by using an alternative source
of water (i.e., well or spring) and distributing watering troughs on pastures.
Money comes from the Virginia Agricultural Best Management Practices CostShare Program, which is carried out by conservation districts and administered
by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Who may apply?

Any individual or private business that operates a grazing farm bordering a live
stream, wetland or Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act Resource Protection Area is
eligible to apply for up to 100 percent reimbursement on the installation of a livestock stream-exclusion system. To receive reimbursement, landowners must have
a Virginia Agricultural Best Management Practices Cost Share program (VACS)
contract for Stream Exclusion with Grazing Land Management (SL-6N or SL-6W)
approved by the local Soil and Water Conservation District.

How and where they work.

Excluding livestock from streams reduces streambank erosion and decreases
the amount of sediment that local waterways carry. It also eliminates the bacteria
associated with livestock waste that cause illness in both animals and humans.
Fencing works anywhere a creek, stream or river crosses your property. Costshare technical specific cations require fences to be set back from the water by a
certain distance. Installing a riparian buffer can enhance economic and environmental benefits.