Beef Water Calculator

Use the table below to calculate your monthly and cumulative water requirements for beef cattle. The green fields can be edited to update the calculations in the table.

Beef cattle water requirements: Between 55-112 litres per head per day.

MOB SIZE
LITRES PER HEAD PER DAY
NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR APR MAY
LITRES PER HEAD PER WEEK
LITRES PER MOB PER MONTH
CUMULATIVE LITRES
CUMULATIVE GALLONS

Stock water requirements litres/animal/day.

Stock type

Consumption (litres/animal/day)

 

Summer

Average daily

Sheep

 

 

Weaners

6

4

Adult dry sheep

10

6

Ewes with lambs

14

10

Beef Cattle

 

 

Weaner (250–300 kg)

70

Up to 55

Adult Dry stock

112

Up to 80

Horses (grazing)

49

35

For more information on water requirements for sheep and other livestock types refer to ‘Managing farm water supplies’

Salinity tolerance levels for stock water.

Type of Livestock

 

EC (µS/cm)

Mg/L (ppm)

 

Beef cattle

Production decline begins*

6,250

4,000

 
 

Maximum level**

15,600

10,000

 

Lactating ewes and weaners

Production decline begins*

6,000

3,800

 
 

Maximum level**

10,000

6,400

 
 

Dry mature sheep

Production decline begins*

9,300

6,000

 
 

Maximum level**

21,800

14,000

 

* Production decline begins = upper limit salt concentration for healthy growth.

** Maximum = maximum salt concentration that may be safe for limited periods.