Rodents like rats and mice can transfer diseases to other areas of the farm or nearby properties.
What to Consider When Evaluating Your Farm
As farmers evaluate their farm, they should consider:
- Animal type, size, and number
- Distance to water
- Soil type
- Distance to neighbors
Animal type, size, and number
The type, size, and numbers of animals affect the amount of management required for your farm.
Overstocking causes most of the water quality damage on small-scale livestock farms. It occurs when too many animals
are kept on too few acres. Over- stocking can strip areas of pasture, increasing polluted runoff (Figure 2). On farms where animals are confined
and manure is collected, over- stocking often leads to large