The keeping of livestock in a rural residential setting is common in Deschutes County.  It can provide income, companionship, visual aesthetics, and educational opportunities.  However, if not implemented appropriately there can be negative impacts on the environment, the animals, and the livability of the area. 

There are many educational opportunities available for owners to learn best management practices for the keeping of livestock on small acreage such as manure removal and treatment, animal containment, proper grazing practice, and weed abatement.  There are also regulations as well as resources for mediation that address negative impacts associated with poor livestock stewardship.