Knowledgeable professionals in the agricultural sector believe that there is a direct correlation between providing clean, fresh drinking water to livestock and livestock providing more and better production. Understanding this, doing all you can to improve and maintain the quality of your farm’s water supply should be an important component of your operational management strategy.
Here is a breakdown on typical water contaminants, their recommended limits and the effects on a dairy farm when they are past those limits
The Potential Problem
Drinking water for animals on rural properties is typically sourced from deep or shallow wells, rivers, and dugouts. The potential for these water sources to become contaminated and impure on farm’s is often quite high. Regular water testing will give you the information you need to make important decisions regarding herd health and production.
Just a few of the more common ways your water can become contaminated and unhealthy are:
Naturally Occurring Minerals
Iron, manganese and other minerals can often be a significant problem on many farms, in many instances replacement of underground infrastructure may be the end result.
Animal Waste Leaching Infiltration
Depending on the location of your lagoons and dugouts, animal waste contaminating your fresh water supply is quite common.
Fuels, Chemicals & Fertilizers
With the amount of man made chemicals that are on a farm it is hard to keep many of them from entering your water source. Oxidation of such contaminants is critical.
After years in service it is quite normal for your infrastructure to fatigue. Often critical supply lines become unusable long before their time due to contaminated water. A problem than can be rectified by simple treatment