SDSU Beef Day 2020 Summary Publication

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Water is an essential nutrient and is required for growth, metabolism, lactation, and reproduction. However, water requirements for beef cattle have not been studied extensively since the 1950’s. The genetic potential for beef cattle has changed considerably since then. With the change in genetics, beef producers have observed increases in average daily gain and final body weight. The need for updated water requirements for beef cattle has also been exacerbated by global climate variability, drought conditions, and the need for efficient use of water resources. Given the increased productivity of cattle today relative to those of decades ago, increased water requirements are almost certain. Further research must be conducted to determine how those requirements have changed.


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