WaterForCows.com presented at Cornell Nutrition Conference

So the trauma of a technological meltdown at the Cornell Nutrition Conference has finally abated.  In referring to the mishaps I endured in trying to use an iPad and SlideShark, with an iPhone as a remote, Dr. Charlie Sniffen called the presentation an “abject failure”.  At least I hope he was referring to the technical challenges…..  There were 4 points I tried to make in this presentation:

  1. That water can contribute tens to hundreds of grams of mineral to a cow’s mineral intake;
  2. That mineral intake from water is no different in terms of solubility or availability than the minerals in the diet;
  3. That the minerals from water can lead to excesses, which provide opportunities to reduce diet mineral levels, or which may compromise availability of trace minerals; and
  4. That the minerals from water contribute to the overall acid/base status of cows, just as the DCAD of the diet does.

In this slide from the presentation, I used a water and diet analysis from a dairy in New Mexico.  Evaluating the situation with WaterForCows.com , it is evident that there is sufficient sulfur to compromise the availability of Cu and Se.  Perhaps the larger effect is that the negative Strong Ion Difference of the water (-20.4 mEq/L) drags the cows far from an ideal DCAD for intake and milk production; from a DCAD of 29.9 mEq/100g DM to a TICAD of 18.9 mEq/100 g DM.  NM Water

Technological challenges aside, there has been a great response to the message that water can have significant impacts on the health and productivity of dairy cows.  You can evaluate these impacts for your dairy, or those of your clients, by registering for a free subscription to WaterForCows.com.

If you want to learn more, you can download the paper or the presentation from the Cornell Nutrition Conference, or on the resource page of WaterForCows.com

If you know someone who might value this concept, please forward to them or send them a link!  Thanks.

About Charlie Elrod

With 30+ years of experience in the dairy industry, I have a well-rounded perspective of what makes a dairy work. In that time I built and operated my own dairy, worked as a herdsman, practiced as an A.I. and E.T. technician, conducted research in nutrition and reproduction, developed educational programs for dairy industry professionals and provided contract technical support to global feed and ingredient companies. In my role with Balchem Corporation, I have the opportunity to bring that experience to bear in product development, testing, clinical and field research, and supporting our customers. My interest in water stems from a lifelong interest in geology and an innate curiosity about how something so fundamental as water can have such profound effects on cows.
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