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South Dakota State University

Performance

2003

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Effects Of Water Quality On Performance And Health Of Growing Steers, Hubert H. Patterson, Patricia S. Johnson, Doug B. Young, Ronald Haigh Jan 2003

Effects Of Water Quality On Performance And Health Of Growing Steers, Hubert H. Patterson, Patricia S. Johnson, Doug B. Young, Ronald Haigh

South Dakota Beef Report, 2003

Water available to livestock in western South Dakota is often high in total dissolved solids (TDS) and sulfates. Eighty-one crossbred, yearling steers (700 lb) were used to determine the effects of TDS and/or sulfates in water on cattle performance and health. Cattle were stratified by weight and randomly assigned to one of 12 pens (6-7 steers/pen). Pens were randomly assigned to one of four treatments (three pens/treatment) based on supplied water: 1) rural water (RW; 1,019 ppm TDS; 404 ppm sulfates, 2) well water (WW; 4,835 ppm TDS; 3,087 ppm sulfates), 3) dam water ...