Waters Many Benefits to Ruminants
Water is essential for many functions in ruminants and other animals. It moves food through the digestive tract, it regulates body temperature, carries essential nutrients throughout the body, it lubricates joints and organs, its needed for chemical reactions in the body and waste excretion from the body. Ruminants can survive for weeks without food but only days without water.
Water Quality and Ruminants
Ruminants water preference
Chlorine Dioxide water treatment
Chlorine dioxide despite having chlorine in its name, its chemistry is radically different from that of chlorine. It can also be used in smaller doses and still has a higher ability to kill a wider range of bacteria including microbes such as e.coli, giardia, crypto, etc. Chlorine dioxide water treatment can be used for all water sources i.e. borehole, streams, springs and surface water, which all carry the same potential problem both mineral and bacterial amongst others.Why are these pathogens a problem for Ruminants?
If we look at ruminant livestock in our modern world of intensive farming, our quest is to produce as much “end product” whether that’s eggs, meat, milk or others, for a minimum input of ingredients such as wheat, barley, and others (producing a product which is affordable
It is, therefore, logical to assume that the genetic potential from our livestock will not reach full expected growth or finishing expectations when the digestive process is challenged by competitors to the digestive process by outside influences.
In other words invasive bacteria, in this case, not only challenge the ruminant animal’s Intestinal track environment but also absorb much of the nutrient content intended for our “end product”.
The first sign of an issue in ruminants is the occurrence of “scouring” or diarrhoea. Essentially, this is a sign that the food (nutrients) eaten by the stock are transiting through the gut at a greater speed and therefore with less absorbance transfer of food to the body than expected.
This in production terms would be classified as a reduction in FCR (food –conversion-ratio) The amount of input versus the output)
Ruminants Nutrient Deficiency
Feed manufacturers, for example, are always the first to to be assumed at fault when stock do not grow as well as expected, but is it the fact that the feed is deficient? or is it a case that the ruminant animal has not been best placed to maximise the nutrients offered, due to the contamination and bacterial affects resonating from poor water quality?
It’s clear that invasive bacteria cause a reduction in ruminant animals performance and the inability to achieve maximum genetic potential and longer finishing times to boot.
Utilising natural water treated with high quality chlorine dioxide water treatment is clearly an advance on cost reduction of the ruminants produce and heightens quality and production rate.
Water Management with Water Treatment
Using water treatment as part of your water management strategy ensures optimum water quality and incorporated into a self-sufficient water management plan such as utilising a water source on your land whether it be a pond, stream, river, reservoir, well or land drains and pumping it to water storage, like a header tank or water tank where it’s filtered and water treatment is added before pumping the water to where you need it. This water management solution offers a return on investment between 1 & 2 years and is over 75% self-sustainable source of water on mains use and in some cases could not rely on mains at all!!
Not only do we need to state what it costs to collect and treat the water (against that of mains water and its poor relevance to production) but also what “stress relief” we are removing from the draw on our declining water reserves.
The effect of eliminating potential invasive bacteria into a ruminant animals gut is clear, so, we have the system to collect water (with whatever contaminants it might contain, capture it, treat it, store it and then reuse it far more effectively than any municipal water company can provide “mains water”.
The effects of our system not only removes the use of chlorine, and its toxic by-products, but also all the impurities from the atmosphere mentioned in many scientific reports, which allows the water we produce to have zero pathogens eliminating the challenges we have mentioned on the ruminants “genetic potential” whilst being environmentally sound and safe, but also eliminating many of the reasons for the need to use antibiotics.
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