There are many factors that determine water quality. Among the most important are alkalinity, pH and soluble salts. When used for irrigation, poor quality water can be responsible for slow growth, the poor aesthetic quality of the crop and, in some cases, can result in the gradual death of your plants.
In addition to the importance of water quality to crop production, water plays a vital role in the health of cattle. Water is a nutrient and has nutritional value that can affect the livestock. A beef cow can drink up 5% of her body weight in water per day; a high-producing dairy cow can drink as much as 20%. The quantity of water than animals consume is affected by many factors, including growth, pregnancy, lactation, activity, diet composition, feed intake, environmental temperature, and water quality. Water quality and quantity affect feed intake and animal health since poor water quality usually leads to reductions in water, and subsequently a decrease in feed consumption.
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Source: Nobel Foundation, 2019