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February 12, 2007:
Making sure there is always a water supply for cattle is key to a successful wintering program, says Ryan Davison, a Beneficial Management Practice (BMP) lead with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (AAFC – PFRA). "You shouldn't rely on solar-powered waterers and snow alone; it's best if you allow the cattle access back to your heated water system."
A remote water system can be a significant investment, so producers will want to make sure it works in all weather conditions. "Running it on grid power is definitely the most reliable option. You don't want to be out in the pasture during a cold snap trying to get a remote system to work without the option of power."
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