By the end of this module, participants will be able to:
- Describe the water quality and quantity needs for their own herd.
- Name at least four options for primary water sources, as well as their advantages and disadvantages.
- Name the main components of a water distribution system.
- Describe at least two examples of potential water delivery systems
Water is critical for livestock health. Cattle need easy access to ample clean water, and sufficient clean water contributes to solid weight gain. Water also contains minerals and dissolved solids that can benefit cattle health if maintained within certain ranges.1
Water requirements are influenced by a range of factors, including feed intake, forage composition, ambient temperature, gestation and lactation, and activity level. Different breeds of cattle have different water needs and function better in different environments. Manage water resources according to the needs of your herd.
1 Rossana, S. (2016). Water Quality for Livestock and Poultry. NM State University Cooperative Extension Service. https://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/_m/M112.pdf