Many times the importance of water to beef cattle is overlooked. Diets are balanced for carbohydrate (energy), protein, vitamins, and minerals so cattle can achieve a desired level of performance, but cattle have a requirement for water too, and animal performance can be affected by water intake. In fact, of these nutrients, water is most critical. The minimum requirement of cattle for water reflects the amount needed for body growth and fetal growth or lactation, to replace what is lost by excretion in urine or feces, sweat, or by evaporation from the lungs or skin....
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