As temperatures start to rise, providing a continuous and adequate water supply is necessary for livestock survival, growth and reproductive performance, according to a Kansas State University Extension specialist. For beef cattle, water requirements have been established based on production phase and air temperature.

Compared to other nutrients, little data is available on the effect of water quality and source on animal performance. Regardless of source, producers should make sure water is protected from contamination by chemicals, excess nutrients (from soil erosion or manure) and microorganisms (manure).