Forestry and Natural Resources

Livestock Ponds in South Carolina

Clemson Extension Program Team

Water Resources

Publication Date

Winter 1-4-2023

Publication Number

LGP 1156


This article addresses various issues in the use of farm ponds for watering livestock. Key points include pond design and permit requirements for construction, water quantity needs, and management practices to preserve the water quality for the livestock, aquatic communities, wildlife, and users downstream. Highlighted best management practices include limiting direct livestock access to the pond by directing the water to troughs and proper forage fertilization and grazing methods to minimize nutrient runoff and erosion.

Publication Type



Land-Grant Press by Clemson Extension

Publisher City

Clemson, SC

Target Audiences

livestock owners, livestock consultants