Using cost share funds - The Livestock Pollution Prevention Program (LP3) offer two options for cost share assistance - full containment systems and partial containment systems.  The full containment option is geared toward beef feedlots, and dairy, hog and larger cow/calf operations.  The partial containment option addresses most cow/calf operations.  Cost share can cover up to 60 percent of eligible expenses.

Producers who choose the full containment option are eligible for up to $175,000 cost share for excavation, ponds, lots, diversions, heavy use pads, fencing, waters, access roads and windbreaks.

Producers choosing partial containment are eligible for up to $25,000 cost share for clean water diversions and/or winter grazing systems which include portable windbreaks, such as that pictured below, and waterline/waterers.  Winter grazing systems decrease manure accumulations near surface water.  Many producers using these systems feed cattle on cropland and practice aftermath, swath or bale grazing.

Winter feeding system with portable windbreak
Winter feeding system with portable windbreak

Bunk line feeding
Bunk line feeding
Indoor feedlot
Indoor feedlot
feedlot fencing
Lot fencing

Here's how LP3 works:

  1. The producer contacts the program coordinator and schedules an on-site visit.

  2. The program coordinator evaluates the site and provides environmental management recommendations to the producer.

  3. If management or structural changes are needed, the coordinator and producer discuss cost share options.

  4. The coordinator helps the producer develop cost share contracts and secure contracting and engineering services.

Scraper excavating a runoff containment pond
Excavating a runoff containment pond

Containment System Components

 Waste Containment System site

 Sloped lots at industry standards

1) Lots are sloped to industry standards and provide ample space for the cattle.


 Fenceline Feeding System

2) Fenceline Feeding System allows cattle to stay dry, healthy and provides increased gains, which can be cost shared through the LP3 Program.

 Feedlot Access Road

3) Access Road acts as a dike for the lots and is utilized for fenceline feeding.


 Clean Water Diversion

4) Clean Water Diversion reduces runoff and sometimes is the only management practice needed in small operations.

Runoff Evaporation Pond

5) Runoff Evaporation Pond collects dirty water running off lots and is designed to evaporate a large portion of the incoming water.


 Solids Separator

6) Solid Separator separates solids from lot run-off water and allows dirty water to run into the evaporation.

Benefits of Partial Containment

  • Less manure accumulation to spread
  • Cattle stay in better condition
  • Less hay to haul
  • Feed costs decrease

Cattle Bale Grazing
Bale grazing

Benefits of Full Containment

  • Labor efficiency
  • Manure handling efficiency
  • Cattle handling efficiency
  • Feed efficiency
  • Environmental compliance
  • Dryer pens for healthier cattle

Cattle Swath Grazing
Swath grazing

Livestock Pollution Prevention Program Contacts

Jason Wirtz

Livestock Development Specialist
600 East Boulevard Ave. Dept. 602 Bismarck, ND 58505
701-220-1628 701-328-2231 or 800-242-7535