The Link Between Hard Water and Livestock Weight Gain
Livestock require specific amounts of quality nutrients to ensure they remain healthy and put on weight. Hard water is a significant obstacle to livestock retaining the necessary nutrition from their fodder. This is mainly because hard water contains high levels of salts. Farmers with bores that provide drinking water with elevated salt levels have seen scouring (diarrhoea), sickness and weight loss. Rumen in livestock’s gut must continually produce necessary, healthy bacteria, but this production is reduced when salinity is high.
Hydrosmart hard water conditioner technology alters the nature and impact of salt levels in drinking water, providing livestock with the nutrition they need to gain weight and remain healthy. Hydrosmart, your local water softening equipment supplier, explains this in more detail below.
Calcium and Magnesium Scale
Trough valves that are stuck open due to calcium and magnesium scale can cause the loss of thousands of litres of water. Calcium is particularly problematic when it forms on pipe and trough surfaces, as it creates a breeding ground for algae bacteria, significantly impacting animal health.
Dissolving scale away from pipes, fittings and stock trough valves ensures proper flow and reduced blockages, and furthermore prevents pipes from sticking open and wasting large quantities of water. Hydrosmart calcium scale remover technology breaks up the calcium bonding on trough and pipe surfaces, protecting your livestock by lowering the chances of bacteria breeding in drinking troughs.
The Risks of Iron Build-Up for Your Livestock Health
Iron build-up in water can cause significant problems. Whilst it does not directly impact livestock health, iron build-up in bore water pipes and livestock troughs, can cause valves to get stuck open. This leads to pipework quality becoming restricted by as much as eighty percent. Stock located many kilometres away from the bore location are at risk of not having enough drinking water. With warmer weather approaching, iron build-up can ultimately lead to poor health amongst livestock. Hydrosmart provides iron scale removal solutions, by dissolving these oxidised minerals to open up water flow and keep drinking water moving to livestock.
As experts in water conditioning and descaling, a Hydrosmart hard water conditioner can deliver solutions for optimal livestock health, including iron scale removal. Hydrosmart is your local water softening equipment supplier. Get in touch with us today.