As another season winds down there is no better time than now to start looking forward to the New Year!
Seine Rat River Conservation District wants to share our Livestock Management programs and our new Alternative Land Use Systems (ALUS) program with you. These programs have a big impact on local water quality and also provide you, the producer, with healthier livestock and easier land management. SRRCD staff will be at the Grunthal Auction Mart on both November 26 during the live cattle auction starting at 9:00 am and November 27, 6 pm to 9 pm to share. Please stop by and speak to our staff to get more details on these programs.
ALUS – Alternative Land Use Services
The Alternative Land Use Systems (ALUS) Programming aims to improve water quality by reducing nutrient runoff reduce soil erosion, providing carbon sequestration and providing wildlife and pollinator habitat by chaning land use from agricultural production to restore and enhance wetlands, floodplains and other water-retention areas, in order to “Farm the best, Leave the rest.” Program options Include:
Class 1-3 Agricultural Land: Grassed Buffers
Class 4 Agricultural Land
Class 5+ Agriculture Land
The SRRCD Livestock Management Programming is designed to help livestock owners with the protection and restore water bodies in or running through pastures. Our program aims to reduce bank erosion, enhance wildlife habitat and improve water quality while also assisting farmers to improve herd health and productivity, reduce the spread of pathogens and safeguarding reliable water sources for livestock. Programs options include:
Exclusion Fencing (for Dugouts and Waterways)
This program is intended for the exclusion of livestock from waterways and dugouts. It does NOT cover perimeter fencing.
Alternative Watering Systems
This program provides funding to producers who have fenced off waterways or dugouts, to purchase pumping equipment for watering livestock.
The Livestock Crossing program provides funding to producers to install a designated livestock crossing when also installing waterway exclusion fencing.
This program provides funding and design support to producers who want to prevent livestock from traveling downstream along river channels while still allowing boaters to safely travel along the waterway.