Stocktaking water supply for livestock

Stocktaking water supply for livestock


The best way to manage and maintain stock water is to have reliable information about your property’s water supplies. This means knowing where the water is, how much is available and whether it is ‘fit for purpose’.

A water stocktake will provide this vital information.

The water on your farm may be derived from one of a number of sources. These may be from a river, either via your basic right as a riparian landholder, holder of a stock and domestic high security licence, from captured water in dams, or from wells or bores, with water pumped to the surface.

Whatever the sources, the suitability of water you have now and the water you need for the future depend on its quantity, quality and reliability.

The topics in this Primefact include:

  • Water stocktake: quantity
  • Estimating dam capacity
  • Water stocktake: quality
  • Water quality testing
  • Water salinity
  • Blue green algae
  • Water stocktake: demand
  • Water stocktake: reliability
  • Can supply meet demand?


Primefact 269 Seventh Edition

Published: Feb 2019