“As the heat of summer approaches (has already been here in many cases) and our thoughts turn toward heat stress abatement, let’s take a moment to assess if our cows have access to sufficient water,” reminds Rick Grant, president of the W.H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy, N.Y. “Water is the most important nutrient for dairy cattle! Dairy cattle suffer more quickly and severely from a lack of water than from a deficiency of any other nutrient,” he says in the June 2012 edition of the Miner Farm Report.

Lactating cows drink about 30 to 50 percent of the total water consumed daily within the first hour after milking. “This time coincides with a major period of eating activity as well as milking equipment cleaning,” Grant says. “Water pressure must be adequate to supply all tanks and waterers during this high-use period.”

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Source: June 2012 Miner Farm Report