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Horses, cows, livestock grazing over the septic fields? The cow is ok in the meadow, and the sheep can't do much damage in the corn, but horses, cows, and maybe some oveweight sheep stomping around in the septic absorption field is another matter entirely. This article discusses the passage of grazing animals over or near septic fields or other septic system components.
If sewage contaminants are present in grass or other forage, those may be a hazard to grazing animals as well as to people consuming meat from such animals. See SEWAGE CONTAMINANTS in FRUIT / VEGETABLES for details.
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Is it acceptable to permit grazing animals such as cows, horses, or sheep to occupy a field over a septic system?
No, placing horses, cows, sheep, or other grazing animals over a septic field is a bad idea for several reasons.
In sum, it's better to keep livestock off of a septic field. In the photograph just above we show deer grazing on a field along the
Virginia Skyline Drive at Big Meadows.
The page top photograph of mountain sheep resting under trees was taken over a septic field serving a park service building in Jasper, Alberta, and the lower photo was taken of a large herd of deer grazing over a field along the Skyline Drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
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