Frequent Changing and Rinsing of Drinking Water Buckets Improved Performance and Health of Hutch-Reared Holstein Beef Calves
Those involved in livestock production have often observed the relationship between drinking water intake, dry matter intake and performance. Hutches commonly used for the rearing of dairy calves are equipped with individual drinking water vessels or buckets. It is a common observation that the quality of water in these vessels are poor even in otherwise well-managed calves. It was the objective of this study to determine if the frequency of cleaning and rinsing of drinking water vessels in calf hutches would affect the performance of the calves.
Wiedmeier, R.D., A.J. Young, and D.S. Hammon 2005. Frequent changing and rinsing of drinking water buckets improved performance and health of hutch-reared Holstein beef calves. Bovine Practicioner 40(1): 1-8.