Understanding Livestock Watering Habits 

Animal behavior can influence the layout of a rancher’s watering system. These tips from the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture and Lands can help with system design:   Livestock drink individually when on small pastures (20 acres or less). In these cases, small troughs (25 to 50 gallons) and low flow rates (2 to 4 gallons […]

The Top 2 Key Water Monitoring Indicators  

There are two water monitoring indicators that can address the timing and amount of water for livestock or other animal species on your farm, according to the Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable.   Intermittent or ephemeral sources or no water may limit use of some areas. Vegetation management has been shown to impact stream and spring flows. Drought […]

How to Set Up a Fail-Proof Temporary Waterer for Farm Animals 

To build a temporary watering system, Greg Judy, Green Pastures Farm, Rucker, Missouri, uses 3/4-inch polyethylene tubing and high-quality hoses to bring the water from the source to the tank in the pasture.   Fiberglass posts hold the tank in place and keep cattle from knocking it over. Sidewalls from earth moving tires surround the tub […]

How Much Water Do Livestock Need?  

How Much Water Do Livestock Need?   Water is a key part of grazing livestock.   Lack of water can reduce animal performance more quickly and severely than any other nutrient.   This table from Roger Ingram, a farm advisor with the University of California.   “In cooler weather, below 75 degrees, water consumption will be less,” Ingram says. […]

Healthy Soil and Water Management Tips  

Improper fertilizer and animal waste application can affect soil and water resources. The Beef Quality Assurance Field Guide suggests these tips for monitoring and managing both soil and water to prevent contamination, reduce run-off and prevent the transfer of disease.   Soil Management Tips:  Use soil testing to determine the level of nutrients required for the […]