As things are heating up across the country, both in temperature and competition in the ring, it is important to pay attention to the most vital nutrient…WATER. High quality drinking water is key to ensure that you have healthy and productive animals that feel good come show day.
However, sometimes the quality of the water isn’t the issue. Sometimes your animal simply does not want to drink! So, here’s a few tips to make sure your animal stays hydrated when traveling to shows.
- If it’s the animals first time at a show, make sure they know how to drink out of a water bucket. Some animals struggle with having to drink out of a bucket if they are not used to doing it at home. Prior to going to the show, try watering your animal a few times with the bucket so they are acclimated to it upon arrival.
- Always make sure you have a clean water source. Don’t let full water buckets or pig troughs sit out and get infested with dirt and then try to water. Always get a clean bucket or fresh water for you animal when it is time to water them.
- Some exhibitors find using a water filter at home and at the show will help keep water tasting consistent. Consistency is key to ensure animals stay drinking water.
- Consider adding Vita Charge® Liquid Boost® to your water at home. Not only will your animals get their daily dose of Vita Charge to help stimulate their digestive system, but the berry flavor will become familiar to them and helps mask some of the foreign taste of chlorine in “city water” when on the show road.
For more feeding tips on how to keep the gut going, visit our feeding strategies tab!