Mud can create an unhealthy environment for you and your livestock and other pets that are roaming the area. Mud can harbor bacteria fungi and other pathogens that can lead to abscesses, scratches, rain scald, and numerous hoof problems including thrush. Feeding livestock from muddy areas can also lead to colic which can be fatal. If that isn't enough mud is also a breading ground for insects which carry disease in livestock and humans. Another problem associated with muddy livestock areas is the environmental impact. Once soil and manure mix with water to become mud it can easily be carried to nearby streams or other bodies of water. This sediment and manure can negatively affect the fish and aquatic wildlife in streams, ponds, and lakes. Organic wastes can leach into the groundwater, potentially contaminating the well water you and your livestock drink. One economical way to solve the problem of those muddy areas is a underlayment of a geotextile material.
Geotextiles are permeable fabrics which when used in association with soils have the ability to separate, filter, reinforce, protect, and drain. There is a wide variety of geotextiles, but the one used in livestock areas is usually made of polypropylene. The use of geotextiles in livestock areas is nothing new. Over 20 years ago Morrow County located in Ohio did a experiment using a geotextile fabric. The purpose was to see if the geotextile material would be an effective way to solve some of the problems livestock owners were experiencing with those muddy areas. They selected 12 cooperators that housed numerous different livestock like cattle, horses llamas, Evan poultry. The results were unanimous, all 12 cooperators firmly agreed the geotextile underlayment was a very effective way to keep not only themselves, but also there livestock and other animals out of those nasty unhealthy muddy areas.
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