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Water is an important but often overlooked nutrient for livestock. Water makes up more than 90 percent of all molecules in the body and is necessary for regulation of body temperature, growth, reproduction, lactation, digestion, lubrication of joints and eyesight, and as a cleansing agent.

Water intake in livestock is affected by many factors, including environmental conditions, productivity and size.

Water quality is determined by many different factors and should be tested to determine suitability for various classes of livestock and to ensure optimum productivity of your herd or flock.


  1. Livestock Water Quality, A Field Guide for Cattle, Horses, Poultry and Swine

        Source: Agriculture and AGri-Food Canada and others

  2.  Livestock and Water Quality

  3.  2008-09 Cow Calf Clinic

  4.  Water Quality a Problem for North Dakota Livestock
  5.  Water Quality for Wyoming Livestock & Wildlife

  6.  News Releases

         Water Vital For Livestock During Drought

Be On The Lookout For Blue Green Algae


  7.  NDSU Drought Disaster

  1. Helpful Links

       i) NDSU Range Science

      ii) NDSU Department of Veterinary and Microbiological Services

     iii) North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station

     iv) NDSU Animal Science

     v) North Dakota Department of Agriculture

    vi) North Dakota Stockmen's Association

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