Water Requirements and Quality Issues for Cattle

Water Requirements and Quality Issues for Cattle

Johnny Rossi, Extension Animal Scientist, University of Georgia

Mel Pence, Veterinary Field Investigator

Water is the most important nutrient for cattle. It accounts for 50 to 80 percent of an animal’s weight and is involved in every physiological process. Cattle cannot adapt to water restriction and feed intake greatly decreases if water is restricted. Water availability and quality can become a major issue during a drought. It is important to check water sources frequently for water availability and quality during a drought.

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