Colorado Water 2012: Water and livestock

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Water for production is just one factor in the relationship of ranching with water. The impact of livestock upon the watershed and its ability to receive snowmelt and rainfall is critical to a healthy water cycle that makes maximum use of nature’s heavenly gift. The most immediate need for a livestock operation is to supply the daily water consumption of the animals. Roughly 20 gallons of water per head per day are required in summer, and about 10 gallons per head per day in the winter.

Water quality is also very important. One of the most important things a livestock producer has to be concerned about is the dependability and quality of an adequate water supply. This certainly can be challenging at times during drought and with poor or failing wells.

More Colorado Water 2012 coverage here.

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