LV7: Livestock troughs

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the livestock troughs item.

How much will be paid

£110 per trough.

Where to use this item

Available for Mid Tier and Higher Tier


  • in areas targeted for the reduction of water pollution caused by farming


  • where grazing is being reintroduced as part of a Countryside Stewardship management option

Where this item cannot be used

  • under housing or roof structures
  • within 10m of ditches, streams or waterways
  • within 6m of historic or archaeological features identified in the HEFER
  • on areas vulnerable to soil erosion as identified on the FER

How this item will benefit the environment

This item will provide livestock with an alternative to drinking from watercourses and ponds. It will reduce bank erosion, sediment pollution and the faecal contamination of watercourses.


  • make sure the trough is made of galvanised steel, or concrete, spray-moulded glass-reinforced cement (GRC), or polyethylene
  • connect the trough to a water supply or to supply water from a bowser on a regular basis
  • make sure the trough has a ball valve and service box and complies with BS3445
  • meet the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999 if using a mains water supply
  • make sure the trough meets relevant British Standards - examine copies of the most up-to-date standards

Keeping records

Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them on request:

  • any consents or permissions connected with the work
  • receipted invoices, or bank statements where a receipted invoice is unavailable
  • please see the record keeping and inspection requirements as set out in the Mid Tier manual for more detail

Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them with the claim:

  • photographs of the completed work

Applicants will have to send the following with their application:

  • photographs of the site before the work takes place

This item can be used on the same area as the following options and items:

Advice and suggestions for how to carry out this item

The following section gives advice on carrying out this item successfully but does not form part of the requirements for this item.

How to choose a site

Place the trough:

  • on hard-standing or on well-drained soil to avoid unnecessary trampling (poaching), erosion or runoff
  • away from features through which organic manures and sediment could enter waterways

How to maintain the site

To meet scheme requirements, do not:

  • allow overflow or leaks to contribute to runoff, ponding or erosion in the field
  • damage historic or environmental features identified in the HEFER   ##Further information

See the Mid Tier manual or Higher Tier manual to find out more about the scheme and how to apply.

Published 2 April 2015
Last updated 29 March 2016 + show all updates
  1. Information updated for applications in 2016.
  2. First published.