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SDSU Extension-Drought-Water

SDSU Extension-Drought-Water
Protect Livestock During Drought with Water Testing
SDSU Extension - July 27, 2017

UNDATED -SDSU Extension offers an on-site livestock water testing service at all SDSU Extension Regional Extension Centers and several SDSU Extension County Offices throughout the state.

"It is critical to monitor livestock water quality, because poor quality water can have a negative effect on growth, reproduction, and general productivity of the animal. In some cases, death could occur within days or hours after consumption of contaminated waters or water deprivation," said Robin Salverson, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist.

Water samples can be taken to one of the sites listed below in a clean plastic or glass container including water or pop bottles, jelly jars etc.

A quick test is conducted free of charge with an electro-conductivity (EC) meter to determine total salts in the water. After consultation with an SDSU Extension field or state specialists, Salverson said additional laboratory testing may be suggested.

"The appearance of water can be deceiving and the clearest of water can be the worse," she said. "Additionally, some water sources regardless if it has been dry or wet can be high in total salts. Therefore, continuous monitoring of water quality and quantity are important to maintain a productive livestock program."

Below is a complete list of SDSU Extension locations where testing is offered and staff to contact.

SDSU Extension County Offices and Regional Centers

- Aurora - Tina Kieffer 942-7754

- Beadle - Jane Ondricek 353-8436

- Bennett - Mary Kay Sells 685-6972

- Butte/Lawrence - Cindy Riley 892-3371

- Charles Mix - Stephanie Chambliss 487-7666

- Clark - Josie Michalski 532-3681

- Corson - Dawne Donner 273-4368

- Dewey - Marty Hintz 865-3652

- Douglas - Annie Rankin 724-2719

- Haakon/Jackson - Sheryl Hansen 859-2840

- Hamlin - Deb Goebel 783-3656

- Hanson - Shannon Tegethoff 239-4542

- Harding - Tonja Montgomery Hansen 375-3412

- Jones - Angie Kinsley 669-7101

- McPherson - Jackie Rau 439-3331

- Miner - Maria Feldhaus 772-4661

- Potter - Amy Wager 765-9414

- Roberts - Jill Pistorius 698-7627

- Spink - Amy Herman 472-5006

- Walworth - Brenda DeToy 649-7607

- Mellette - Kaycee Jones 259-3385

Additional information on livestock water quality can be found at the Livestock community page at http://igrow.org/livestock/ or by contacting Salverson at 605-374-4177 or by email at robin.salverson@sdstate.edu.



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