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Show animals most important nutrient is water. The taste and quality of
water varies across the state. Sometimes show animals will not drink when
you that them to a show. Some of the problems could be the temperature of
the water, animals do not like to drink cold water when it is cold and hot
water when it is hot. At shows you need to check the temperature of the
water before you try to get animals to drink. If you are going to a place
where the water has a different smell or taste you can start flavoring your
water at home and then the animal is use to the flavor while at the show.
With swine being shown in cold weather water consumption can be a problem
and the animal can show signs of stress because of dehydration.

At home water problems can also happen. A garden hose lying on top of the
ground to an automatic water dispenser can have a water temperature of 130
degrees coming out of it. In winter time make the ice is off you water
supply where animals can have access to water.  Always remember to clean the
water trough of algae, feed and other things that may get into it. If you
donít have good clean water for you show animals they cannot grow as good as
they can.


-- 
Tommy Waldrop
Area Livestock Teacher
South Region Agricultural Education
229-386-3196
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