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Livestock Water Guidelines

By Deke Alkire, Ph.D.

Posted Jan. 1, 2008

Water is one of the most important nutrients for livestock. It is vital for many metabolic processes essential for life, growth and reproduction. The quantity of water that animals consume is affected by many factors including growth, pregnancy, lactation, activity, diet composition, feed intake and environmental temperature. The quality of water offered can also affect consumption and performance.

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