B Runoff control

Essentially all livestock facilities in which the animals are housed in open lots or the manure is stored in the open must deal with runoff. "Clean" runoff from land surrounding livestock facilities should be diverted from barns, open animal concentration areas, and waste storage or treatment facilities (fig. 10-2). Runoff from feedlots should be channeled into waste storage facilities.

Appendix 10C presents a series of maps indicating the amount of runoff that can be expected throughout the year for paved and unpaved feedlot conditions. "Clean" runoff should be estimated using information in chapter 2 of the NRCS Engineering Field Manual or by some other hydrologic method.

Diversions are to be designed according to NRCS Conservation Practice Standard, Diversion, Code 362 (USDA 1985). Diversion channels must be maintained to remain effective. If vegetation is allowed to grow tall, the roughness increases and the channel velocity decreases causing possible channel overflow. Therefore, vegetation should be periodically mowed. Earth removed by erosion from earthen channels should be replaced. Unvegetated, earthen channels should not be used in regions of high precipitation because of potential erosion.

651.1002 Collection

Livestock and poultry manure collection often depends on the degree of freedom that is allowed the animal. If animals are allowed freedom of movement within a given space the manure produced will be deposited randomly. Components that provide efficient collection of animal waste include paved alleys, gutters, and slatted floors with associated mechanical and hydraulic equipment as described below.

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