Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3



Western Australia, Waters for agricultural purpose

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The nature of water which stock will drink varies greatly with circumstances and conditions. In this State the variation between the summer and winter salinity of the same water supply may be very great, and if stock have been accustomed to watering from one source, the gradual increase of salinity which occurs with increasing summer concentration may pass unnoticed by the animals, who become accustomed to it and suffer little ill effects. If, however, stock which have been accustomed to drinking fresh water, are suddenly put on to a very salt supply, it may be quite distasteful to them, and they may either refuse to drink it or suffer ill effects from its use Stock, if thirsty through travelling, or under extreme conditions may take and thrive for a short period on very saline water from which they would suffer if used continuously.