WA­TER

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Feature -

Fac­tors which in­crease wa­ter re­quire­ments in­clude lac­ta­tion, preg­nancy, hot and dry weather, and sparse and dry feed. If th­ese con­di­tions ap­ply, in­di­vid­ual sheep may drink up to 6 litres of wa­ter or more daily. Sheep should not be de­prived of wa­ter for more than 48 hours and in hot weather for no more than 24 hours. Wa­ter sources should be re­li­able and the wa­ter clean.

For cat­tle and deer, wa­ter is even more crit­i­cal and es­sen­tially, they must have ac­cess to wa­ter at all times.

If the an­i­mals are lac­tat­ing, or are in hot con­di­tions or stressed (both in­duce heavy pant­ing and wa­ter loss), their wa­ter re­quire­ments will be even higher.

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