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Water and feed intake

234. When feed is freely available, intake is largely governed by time spent eating (partly influenced by the rate of digestion), bite size and number of bites per unit of time. Factors which interfere with any of these components will adversely affect feed intake potential. It is therefore important that feeds offered are palatable, of the appropriate quality and easily accessible when the animal wishes to eat.

235. All dairy cattle must be fed a wholesome diet in sufficient quantity to maintain them in good health and to satisfy their nutritional needs. This is a requirement of the Welfare of Livestock Regulations 1994.

236. An adequate, suitable and potable source of water is also of vital importance and we endorse the legal requirement to provide an adequate supply of fresh drinking water each day.