There’s no way around it. All of your livestock’s feed and water need to be UP!
When food and water bowls/dishes/trays/tubs are on the ground, nothing but bad things happen.
Poultry will walk in and poop in ANYTHING that is on the ground. Baby Chicks and Turkey Poults will knock their bedding, be it wood chips or sawdust or whatever, into their water.
Adult poultry will stand on their bowls and dishes and turn them over, two seconds after you filled them.
Goats POOP DOWN, and will poop into any dish/bowl/tub that is on the ground, contaminating either their feed or their water.
Cattle… well cattle poop down too, and when they do that’s A LOT of poop so again, you can’t put their feed on the ground.
How about hay? Livestock trample hay, and will trample it while peeing and pooping all over it.
And then, oh my goodness, they begin eating it…
Food and water containers need to be ELEVATED. What height? They need to be almost head-high, both so they can eat/drink, BUT they can’t defecate into the container.
Though that said, I swear that my Nigerian Dwarf Goats can somehow defecate goat pellets up over their head somehow…