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
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
Related Mid Tier options and items
This item can be used on the same area as the following options and items:
- LV5 - Pasture pumps and associated pipework
- LV6 - Ram pumps and associated pipework
- LV8 - Pipework associated with livestock troughs
- SW1 - 4m to 6m buffer strip on cultivated land
- SW2 - 4m to 6m buffer strip on intensive grassland
- all other livestock grazing options
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
Published: 2 April 2015
Updated: 29 March 2016
- Information updated for applications in 2016.
- Update to 'keeping records' section.
- First published.