Horsekeeping in the Watershed

Dozens of horse owners resided in the Manchaug Pond watershed particularly on the northern and western sides of the watershed along tributaries that feed Manchaug Pond. Other livestock, small farms and a few major agricultural land uses are also present. Best management practices (BMP) employed around the barn and in the pasture can make all the difference to the health and safety of the livestock as well as our water resources. Below are a number of publications on pasture management, buffer zones and mud managment as well as other issues of concern. For more information on BMP’s and raising livestock from poutry to goats to cows and horses, visit the UMASS Extension website.

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Horsekeeping pamphlet

This project has been financed with Federal Funds from the EnvironmentalProtection Agency (EPA) to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (the Department) under an s. 319 competitive grant. The contents do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the EPA or of the Department, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.