Development and validation of an activity-based system to monitor individual drinking behaviour and water intake of grazing cattle: A field solution

Lauren Renee Williams
Drinking is a critical behaviour for cattle health, welfare, production and survival. Water is an essential nutrient and is involved in most bodily functions including metabolism and thermoregulation. Cattle productivity, health and welfare can be compromised if physiological water requirements are not fulfilled. The distances that cattle must travel to access drinking water in a grazing environment affects the frequency that cattle drink and may affect an animal’s ability to meet its water needs. Ambiguity...
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