Livestock farmers typically focus on grass quality for bringing on livestock cattle, but beef is 75% water. Water is equally as important as forage for good meat yields as is the quality of the water supply.
Livestock Water Quality
If there is a limited supply of water cows will eat less as they need to balance their water and forage intake. If the water quality is bad due to not being treated and containing harmful contaminants or tastes bad which can be common in chlorinated water, livestock will cut down their water intake. This will effect the livestock’s meat yields and increase the prevalence of disease.
Agrismart uses a chlorine dioxide water treatment which is both more effective than other disinfectants at lower concentrations and doesn’t leave the bad taste and odour that chlorine-based disinfectants do.
Livestock Water Quantity
This is a guide to livestock cattle’s water requirements and can be dependent on circumstances, environment, and diet.
Livestock Water Requirements
Cow with calf – 50+ litres a day
Yearling – 24-36 litres a day
2 year old – 36 – 50 litres a day
Livestock watering isn’t the only requirement for water on a livestock farm. 1 – 2 taps running at 20 psi / low pressure will use 45 litres of water a minute.
Livestock Water Accessibility
Cattle need to be able to easily access their water troughs. If there is insufficient space or slow trough refill cattle will become distressed and forego grazing in favour of competing for water access. This will impact meat yields, general health, and wellbeing.
Agrismart helps farmers cut costs, improve profitability and productivity.
Livestock – We provide complete agricultural water solutions tailored to your needs, we’ll ensure you have the cheapest solution available for your farms unique requirements.
Our aim is to identify high water users in livestock farming and present them with a solution that costs less than their annual water bill.
Providing free water for their business with an ROI in under 24 months.
Zero Energy Pump – If you have a water supply on the farm it may be possible to offer a zero energy pump to eliminate or minimise the need for a mains water supply.
Rainwater harvesting – With an integrated pump system is another option available for those without a water source on their farm. Recycling rainwater that falls on your barns and outbuildings.
Water Treatment – Clean water is essential for disease prevention and for better meat production and breeding. Bacterial infection can build up in your water tanks and troughs and without filtration to purify the water supply your animals are at risk of disease or at least loss of condition.
Stormwater Management – We have a range of stormwater management solutions adapted to your needs to reliably remove harmful pollutants from stormwater runoff.
Temperature Monitoring Bolus – Monitoring temperature in cattle is an effective way of preventing illness as early warning allows treatment before illness appears. Our solution is cheaper than others previously available typically to the dairy sector making it a viable option for the beef cattle market.