Obviously, an AWMS for a livestock enterprise must be planned to be compatible with the type of animals involved. A healthy and safe environment is essential for these animals. Structures need to be planned to both protect the AWMS structure from the animals and the animals from the structure. Planning should also consider hazards from disease, parasites, and insects. Wildlife should also be considered.
Pollution of receiving water can have a significant effect on animals. Organic matter can drastically reduce dissolved oxygen levels in a stream, and high ammonia concentrations can kill fish. In addition, water overenriched by nutrients, contaminated by agricultural chemicals, or polluted by bacteria can result in an environment that has a very negative effect on animals.
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