Access to Water Critical for Wintering Beef Cattle

by Rhonda R. Gildersleeve, UW Extension Grazing Specialist, featured in January Wisconsin Agriculturalist

Cattle need daily access to water to meet their needs during winter months, although the total amount consumed decreases compared to warmer weather conditions. Water intake by beef cattle is quite constant up to 40⁰F. Table 1 lists the expected daily water intake of various classes of beef cattle under cool temperature conditions.