Water requirements for sheep and cattle


Water is an essential nutrient for all animals. It is important for both animal welfare and business profitability that sheep and cattle have an adequate supply of good quality water. Amount and quality of water required vary between species of livestock, between classes of stock within the species, and in response to the environment in which the stock are running.

This topics in this Primefact include:

  • water quality
  • salinity
  • acidity or alkalinity (pH)
  • toxic elements and compounds
  • algae growth or bloom
  • environmental factors
  • animal factors


Primefact 326 Third Edition

Published: Jun 2014

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