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.
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