Best Answer

Typically a bovine will consume 7 to 10% of it's body weight in water per day. In contrast, is common knowledge is that a cow (typically a lactating dairy cow) will drink around 25 to 50 gallons (95 to 190 litres) of water per day. However, these numbers only account for lactating dairy cows, not all cattle in general. Percentages are much safer to use than actual volumetric measurements, due to many factors that control the amount of water cattle will drink per day. These factors include:

  • Age
  • Weight/size
  • Time of year/season
  • Type of feed
  • Salinity and moisture level of feed or fodder
  • Reproductive status (lactating, pregnant and what stage of pregnancy)
  • Type of cattle, being beef or dairy
  • Daytime air temperature and humidity level
  • Stress level of the animal
  • Health status of the animal
Lactating cows tend to drink 3% more in body weight per day than other types of cattle that are non-lactating nor ever lactate. Bulls may drink a little more and calves and younger animals tend to drink less, since the larger the bovine the more water it will consume. Lactating cows need to consume more water because of the liquids their body is using to produce milk. This is the opposite for a dry-open or dry-bred cow. Also, since dairy cows tend to produce twice as much milk as beef or range cows do, dairy cows tend to drink more water on average than a typical beef cow would. So a 1000 lb lactating beef cow may drink around 15 to 20 gallons per day, whereas a 1000 lb lactating dairy cow may drink around 30 to 40 gallons a day.

If a certain feed is higher in salt content than another, a bovine will drink more water to counteract the amount of salt that is found in the feed. Dry feed will also influence water intake, since a lot of water in a bovine's system will be used to digest such a feed, and thus that bovine will need to consume more water. If a bovine is fed feed that is moist or eats grass that is wet from dew or rain, water consumption will decrease.

Air temperature also controls how much a bovine will drink. Hot days make cattle lose water more readily and easily than on colder days, encouraging cattle to drink more water on hot days than on cold days. Humidity will also contribute to water consumption; higher humidity levels make cattle drink more than low humidity levels.

Stress levels are also a factor. Cattle that have been herded or harried, or have been subject to high stress will loose more water and thus drink more water than cattle that have low stress levels, or have not been worked or harried. Stress is often accompanied with the health status of an animal. An animal that is in a stressful environment tends to have a lowered immune system and liable to get sick. Very sick animals tend to not drink water as much as healthy animals, or in some cases, drink way more water than what's necessary.

But ultimately, it's best to say that cattle tend to drink between 7% and 10% of their body weight in water per day.

User Avatar

Wiki User

7y ago
This answer is:
User Avatar
More answers
User Avatar

Wiki User

13y ago

This depends on the age of a calf. A calf that is only a few days or a few weeks old will be far more dependent on the milk he's given than on water. Once the calf reaches at least 2 months of age, then start giving him a couple gallons of water. He'll mostly be getting his hydration from the milk replacer you're giving him (which does contain water, by the way!). As the calf gets older, he will be drinking more water. By the time he's over 6 months of age, he may be drinking around 5 to 10 gallons a day, depending on his weight.

This answer is:
User Avatar

User Avatar

Wiki User

13y ago

Depending on the age and weight of that calf, he may drink between 10 and 20 gallons per day.

This answer is:
User Avatar

Add your answer:

Earn +20 pts
Q: How much water will a calf drink?
Write your answer...
Still have questions?
magnify glass
Related questions

How do you get a calf to drink water?

Calves are naturally curious, and so if you put a pail or tank of water it can reach in its pen or where it can sniff at it and the water, it may get the calf to start drinking water. If not, put some water in the bottle and see if he'll drink from it. Try and do it near the water source. Often calves figure out themselves how to get water, and often don't need human assistance to get them to drink it. Calves that are with their mothers will often sample the same thing that their dams drink from; this is how the cows teach their calves to drink water.

Do calves drink out a baby bottle?

No. They drink out of a much larger bottle specifically made for raising baby calves, typically called a calf bottle.

Dose a bull or heifer calf drink faster?

Both drink at the same rate, actually. But it really depends on the individual calf and how thirsty it is.

Can calves drink water after they drink milk?

As far as I know, yes. I've given them water after them having drank milk before, though I'd imagine that the amount would depend on the size and age of the calf. Might not be a good idea if the calf is too young, though I'm sure it's fine.

How much water do peacocks need to drink daily?

they drink water.

How much water do mongoose drink?

What do mongooses drink

How much milk does a newborn calf drink at one feeding?

A newborn calf requires 6 L of colostrum within 12 hours of being born, preferably 4 L (1 gal.) immediately after birth (or within 4 hours) and 2 L (0.5 gal.) a few hours after. Basically, newborn calves shouldn't be given milk right after birth. They need colostrum because it contains crucial antibodies and immunoglobins that are needed for its suppressed immune system. Colostrum is, really, a maternal transfer of antibodies from the dam to the calf. "Normal" milk shouldn't be introduced to a calf (gradually) until 24 to 36 hours after birth.

How do Gerbil drink water?

Not much In human portions not alot. But a gerbil will drink as much as it can.

What does a baby calf eat?

Most farmed calves actually drink milk replacer so that the mothers can be farmed for the dairy milk that humans choose to consume. This also means the calves are often separated from their mothers at a very early age.

How much does a whale calf eat?

Whale calves drink their mother's milk for six to eight months after they're born. They drink roughly 50 gallons of milk per day.

What happens if you drink a lot of water?

If you drink too much water you may suffer water toxicity which can be fatal.

Is a energy drink better for you than water?

no an energy drink is much worse for you than water