Protected heavy-use livestock traffic areas require special consideration and construction to prevent erosion and muddy conditions.
What it does for you
Provides stable, safe footing for animals and farm operators.
Provides convenient, mud-free access by animals and operators during wet weather.
Reduces the amount of gravel required to maintain access areas.
Gate openings, areas around water tanks, feeding areas, travel lanes or hay storage areas may need protection.
Heavy-use areas should be located away from water wells and streams to provide an appropriate buffer.
These areas can be constructed by establishing grade to provide drainage, installing a permeable geotextile material (place material between the subgrade and the aggregate), and covering with a minimum of 6 inches of gravel. Choose lime or small aggregate, such as crusher-run, to cap the heavy-use areas.