LV8: Pipework associated with livestock troughs

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

How much will be paid

£2.65 per metre.

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 livestock have been excluded from stream or surface waters


  • with a Countryside Stewardship management or creation option, on a site where a new trough is needed to meet grazing requirements

Where this item cannot be used

  • to replace existing equipment in the same location
  • under housing or roof structures
  • within 10m of watercourses
  • on areas vulnerable to soil erosion as identified on the Farm Environment Record (FER)
  • within 6m of historic or archaeological features identified in the HEFER

How this item will benefit the environment

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


  • use pipework made of medium-density blue polyethylene with an external diameter of at least 25mm
  • make sure that all the joints are made of brass or plastic and that they are watertight
  • bury the pipework below cultivation depth and to at least 600mm (or as determined by the local water supplier)
  • cover the pipe with a tubular steel guard or sleeve pipe if it crosses an open ditch
  • lay the pipe 600mm below the ditch to allow for ditch cleaning
  • lay the pipe on a 75mm bed of sand if it crosses farm tracks and then cover it with a further 100mm of sand, before overlaying it with backfill
  • make sure that the pipe meets the 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
  • photographs of site before works start
  • 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 site during the different stages of construction or contracts, invoices or other documents confirming the technical specification for the completed works
  • photographs of the completed works in place and installed

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 maintain the site

To meet scheme requirements, do not:

  • allow overflow or leaks to contribute to runoff, ponding or erosion in the field
  • damage any 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.