Dairy Producers Report:
- Increased milk yields- peaks are longer,
- Lowered somatic cell counts,
- Increased butterfat content,
- Reduced retained placentas,
- Helps reduce scours in new-born calves,
- Increased levels of colostrum after calving,
- Reduced incidences of mastitis,
- Improves hoof health,
- Can be applied topically to hairy warts,
- Effective treatment for mastitis,
- Removes milk-stone from pipeline,
- Improved conception rates,
- Stronger heat cycles,
- Lowered medication and vet bills
- Are feed intake and milk yield less than expected because water intake is low?
- Is water intake below normal because of low feed intake and milk production?
These are always difficult questions to answer.
The paper linked to below emphasizes practical evaluation of drinking water quality and nutritional adequacy to meet the demands of dairy cattle.
Typically, two main questions (criteria) are of interests when assessing water quality and nutrition:
- Is water intake normal, depending on physiological state of the animals and their environment?
- Are anti-quality factors present in water that may affect water intake, or normal metabolic or physiological functions of animals?
In Canada we have been helping many farmers with CQM certification program (Canadian Quality Milk) …