Water shortages lead to high slaughter rates

Water shortages lead to high slaughter rates

So far, this spring has been a dry one for many parts of Australia. Insufficient water supplies can have wide-ranging effects on the agricultural industry, impacting market prices and revenue for farmers. 

Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) noted that October's low levels of rainfall along with high temperatures spurred many cattle and sheep breeders to resort to slaughtering at higher rates. This offloading strategy alleviated pressure on poor water stock, but caused a surge of supplies on the market. Consequently, the Eastern Young Cattle Indicator lost 25 cents over the course of the month, with the Eastern States Trade Lamb Indicator dipping 17 cents. 

MLA predicted that producers will maintain high slaughter rates, particularly in light of the dry outlook for the coming three months. 

Although treating water for agricultural purposes won't necessarily solve low rainfall problems or prevent farmers from having to resort to killing more of their stock than intended, it can help alleviate water shortages. By enabling farmers to turn bore water into a usable source for their crops and animals, water conditioning treatment gives producers more options for hydrating their stock. 

In the Australian outback, it's not uncommon for farmland to have reserves of groundwater, but the quality of the resources is often poor. Hard, saline water can even be toxic to livestock, or at the very least prevent them from thriving. To address this problem for their stock, farmers need sustainable solutions that don't require them to add chemicals to the water.

Hydrosmart's resonance technology improves the quality of the water, removing the salinity and preventing heavy mineral buildup. As a result, animals can drink the water safely and benefit from the nutrients found naturally in the source.