The Livestock Program staff purpose is to implement the Livestock Management Ordinance (LMO) which was passed in December 1993 by the King County Council. The LMO's primary purpose is to support the raising and keeping of livestock in a manner that minimizes the adverse impacts of livestock on the environment particularly with regard to their impacts on water quality and salmonid fisheries habitat in King County watersheds. It calls for the completion of Farm Plans on those farms with livestock and implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) that protect environmental features from the impacts of livestock. A large part of the success of the LMO relies on having a workable solution for the handling of livestock waste.
Guidelines and application (Acrobat pdf format) for King County cost sharing to help implement conservation practices.
King County Livestock Management Ordinance (K.C.C.21A.30)
How to Compost and Use Horse Manure (169Kb Adobe Acrobat file)
For questions about Livestock Best Management Practices page please contact Rick Reinlasoder, Livestock Program Specialist.