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Water Supply Farming Note

Dairy cows will drink up to 160 litres in 24 hours so their water supply must make that readily available. Minor restrictions in water availability can reduce water intake by 18%, milk yield by 11% and depress butterfat content. If water supplies are inadequate or heat stress becomes severe, cows divert water normally used in milk production to keep cool.

This Farming Note covers:

  • Water consumption for different milk yields
  • Water quality
  • Siting of troughs
  • Different troughs manufactured and guideline prices

Issued May 2007

Read our Water Supply Farming Note to find out more.

About Kingshay Farming Notes

Since 1991 Kingshay has been publishing Farming Notes on issues critical to the success of a modern dairy farm business. These briefings provide dairy farmers, large animal vets, farm consultants and other interested parties with the most important and timely information in a concise two-page format. The information contained in our Farming Notes is written and updated by our experts to ensure accuracy and save you time.

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