Clean water is a key factor in a healthy beef production system. There is a direct relationship between water intake and feed intake. Animals that drink more are likely to graze more, which of course improves weight gain. This Water Quality Matters publication provides information on the impacts of direct watering of livestock on water quality and some of the management alternatives that exist for improving water quality by restricting animal access to water bodies.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
As a livestock producer, the number one stewardship practice you need to consider is balancing animal numbers with the available forage supply of your grazing lease. The combination of too many animals and not enough forage can create serious problems for animal performance and range health. When you adjust your animal units for an increased animal unit size, it creates a balance between animals’ performance and range health.
The goal of this publication – part of a joint project funded by Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Greencover Canada Program – is to assist farmers, ranchers, and environmental agencies with native grass revegetation efforts. These insights and guidelines are designed for readers who have a basic understanding about native grass revegetation.