Use the table below to calculate your monthly and cumulative water requirements for sheep. The green fields can be edited to update the calculations in the table.
Sheep water requirements: Between 4-14 litres per head per day.
Stock water requirements litres/animal/day.
|Stock type||Consumption (litres/animal/day)|
|Adult dry sheep||10||6|
|Ewes with lambs||14||10|
|Weaner (250–300 kg)||70||Up to 55|
|Adult Dry stock||112||Up to 80|
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|
|Lactating ewes and weaners||Production decline begins*||6,000||3,800|
|Dry mature sheep||Production decline begins*||9,300||6,000|
* Production decline begins = upper limit salt concentration for healthy growth.
** Maximum = maximum salt concentration that may be safe for limited periods.