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Water systems for range livestock

A variety of livestock watering methods are available for any type of water source, pasture and location. Selecting the most appropriate system can be difficult. Producers should develop a plan and try to make the best use of any natural advantages of their particular site and any existing equipment they may have.

Some factors to consider when planning a pasture water system include: type, location and availability of water sources, water requirements, grazing system, access to power, requirement for flexibility and portability, reliability and maintenance requirements, pumping requirements (distance, amount of lift, automation), seasonal requirements (winter operation), water storage requirements, cost/benefit, and personal preference.

Pasture watering systems can be divided into three main approaches: Improved direct access to a water source, remote watering sites close to a water source, and remote watering sites far away from a water source.

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