Providing alternative water away from the stream may reduce the amount of time cattle spend near streams, which in turn reduces contamination, say University of Georgia researchers.

In a recent study published in the Journal of Animal Science, the researchers discovered that when the Temperature and Humidity Index (THI) was between 62 and 72, water troughs located outside riparian zones decreased the time cattle spent in the riparian areas by 63% (52 minutes/day); in other words, when the THI wasn’t stressful.

On the other hand, when THI was between 72 and 84 – when it became stressful – providing alternate water had no significant effect on the amount of time cattle spent in riparian areas.

For more on using alternate water sources to manage riparian areas, see: www.ars.usda.gov/.