Nitrates in Livestock Waters

Cooperative Extension South Dakota State University

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This Fact Sheet: (1) briefly reviews the sources of nitrates in waters, (2) discusses the way in which nitrates poison animals and the extent of the problem as it relates to livestock waters, (3) sets guidelines for the safe use for livestock of waters containing nitrates, and (4) clarifies some possible misunderstandings of the nature of the problem. The statements made here are based upon a critical and extensive review of the published experimental work and on years of observation of the nitrate problem at the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station.