Blue-green algae is not an algae, but a bacteria called "cyanobacteria."
Numerous farms and ranches use dugouts as their main source of water or for watering livestock on summer pasture.
Listing of feed and water testing laboratories in Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and several in the United States. The list includes contact information and services offered by each lab.
A number of factors affect the quality of surface water sources. Nutrient loading from spring or summer run-off, little to no re-charge from a dry spring, animal impact from direct cattle watering, and sub-surface soil or water salinity, are but a few of the possibilities.
This manual is intended to provide fundamental information to livestock and water quality specialists and other professionals on a wide range of water quality parameters and related physiological and/or toxicological effects. Many producers may also find the information useful in identifying problems and symptoms relating to water quality.
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Stewardship of wintering sites for optimal production and water protection is a challenge for the cattle industry in Saskatchewan.
Any intensive livestock operation requiring the consumption of 5,000 m³ (1.1 million imperial gallons) of water, roughly equivalent to what 300 animal units would use annually, requires approval of the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority (SWA).
A summary of water testing and management information for farm wells and dugouts available in Saskatchewan.