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Management of water quality for beef cattle

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Journal: Vet Clin North Am Food Anim Pract 2007/03/27
Published: 2007
Authors: Wright, C. L.
Address: Department of Animal and Range Sciences, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD 57007, USA. cody.wright@sdstate.edu

Drinking water is the primary source of water for most cattle. Unfortunately, water frequently contains various solutes and suspended particulate matter that can influence its appearance, odor, taste, and physical and chemical properties. Animals often react to such water impurities by decreasing water intake, and therefore feed intake, which diminishes animal performance. Thus, water quality can have a profound impact on animal health and performance. Routine monitoring of water sources and appropriate intervention can provide beef producers with a desirable return on investment. Careful thought should be incorporated into any capital improvements. This article discusses some of the most common factors that impact water quality for beef cattle and the methods of monitoring water quality, and proposes management solutions to address water quality concerns.

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