“Today we are faced with a challenge that calls for a shift in our thinking, so that humanity stops threatening it’s life-support system. We are called to assist the Earth”- Wangari Maathai
As the environmentalist Wangari Maathai mentions in the quote above, the 21st century presents a host of challenges when it comes to the environment. Water, especially, is an issue regardless of where you may be in the United States. In this article, we focus on 4 aspects of cows’ water consumption. We then provide some suggestions that are helpful to the environment and your livestock.
How much water do cows drink?
The amount of water that a cow drinks depends on different factors. For example, the weight of the cow, whether the cow is lactating, and the weather. According to Dr. Rick Rasby, a Professor of Animal Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the water intake for cattle can range from 3 to 30 gallons per day. Also, you would need to add 2 gallons of water per day for every 100 pounds of body weight during the summer.
How much water does a cow drink compared to a human?
What this means is that if humans are having 8 glasses of water as is recommended, then a cow is having much more water than a human.
Why cows’ water consumption is an issue right now
Cows’ water consumption is an issue right now because of different states in the United States struggling with water issues. For example, if you’re in the state of Utah and have livestock like cattle, you’re aware of how cows’ water consumption can be an issue right now. Drought, which has impacted the whole state, has limited the amount of water that we have available to us. Likewise, if you’re in the state of California, then wildfires, which take a lot of water to turn off, take up a lot of the water resources that are available.
2 benefits of automatic cattle drinkers
So, if you have livestock, then you might be struggling about what to do about water and your water needs. To help you with this, we present 2 benefits of automatic cattle drinkers.
1. The automatic cattle drinker taps into your water resources
Rather than looking for water produced elsewhere, the automatic cattle drinker is plugged into your local water supply. What this means is that the water supply available is what you have near you. This also means that you won’t need to import water. Environmentally, not importing water is beneficial to local and foreign communities. Local communities learn how to be resourceful by learning how to manage what they already have. Likewise, foreign communities do not lose their water supply.
2. The automatic cattle drinker recognizes the needs that are already there
Sometimes, some people worry about the automatic cattle drinker depleting the water supply. The reality though is that it prevents the evaporation of water whether by increasing temperatures or other means. It also helps you learn different techniques to make sure that you cattle are getting what they need. Your cattle will need to be hydrated, so using an automatic cattle drinker will be helpful to you.
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Bar-Bar-A uses the latest technology and research in livestock and water consumption. We keep up with information on water, waterers, and the latest technology that can help both you and the environment.
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