Water use

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The provision of a clean and adequate supply of water is vital on any dairy farm, but the cost of achieving this varies widely.  The average farm spends £41/cow/year on water but data shows that this can be over three times higher than this on some farms.  A simple assessment of water supply and usage will indicate whether it is worth addressing its management.

AHDB Dairy's booklet Effective use of water on dairy farms will help to highlight where to start and how best to assess farm usage.  As well as general water use the booklet looks at detecting leaks, rainwater harvesting options and alternative water sources available to some such as abstraction for rivers or canals. Case studies from different farms highlight the payback of different options and provide some useful ideas on implementing a project.

There is also a Full water audit pack available from AHDB Dairy for those wanting to analyse water usage further.

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