NDSU Extension assesses quality of livestock water sources impacted by drought(AS2040-18, September 2021)
Providing adequate water to livestock is critical for animal health and production. The goal of this Extension program is to improve the quality of livestock water and reduce losses of livestock due to toxic water conditions during drought. To date, 740 samples have been screened. They displayed high variability in the total dissolved solids (TDS) and sulfate concentrations of the samples, reinforcing the importance of monitoring water quality of water sources. Surface water sources have greater potential to have elevated TDS and sulfate concentrations in comparison with groundwater.
This article is part of the 2021 North Dakota Livestock Research Report.