Livestock Water Needs

As part of its guide on Managing Drought Risk on the Ranch, the National Drought Mitigation Center describes daily water needs of livestock and problems that can develop with water supplies during a drought. Salt concentrations can increase, blue-green algae can multiply quickly to toxic levels, and livestock can suffer from heat stress with high temperatures. A beef cow-calf pair needs 20 gallons of water a day and a 600 lb beef heifer needs 12 gallons.

What is Pond Toxicity During a Drought? - courtesy of OSU Water Research and Extension Center

Improving Your Pond During a Drought - courtesy of OSU Water Research and Extension Center