Keeping It Clean: Livestock Water Tank Maintenance

The quantity and quality of water required by livestock are important considerations for the overall maintenance of herd health and productivity. If water is suspected of causing a health problem, seek veterinary assistance to determine a diagnosis. Water Quantity and…

Irrigation Wells During a Drought Period

What is over-pumping and groundwater depletion? Over-pumping occurs when irrigation water is extracted faster than it produces. This may be the case when the pump runs longer than usual or when you install a more powerful pump to meet an…

Drought Preparedness for Horse Owners

Drought poses healthcare and management challenges for horse owners and managers.  Conditions such as high temperatures, limited water and scarce forages create a harsh environment for horses to thrive in. Fortunately, there are ways to help horses maintain good health…

Fish Crowding and Pond Imbalance

In a drought, sport fish in ponds can be concentrated to the point at which predator (largemouth bass) and prey (bream) are literally side-by-side one another. Throughout this process, bluegill and other prey fish populations are often decimated by bass.…

Fish Kills During Droughts

During a drought, the phones of Alabama Extension county offices will ring with reports of fish kills. These kills happen for two primary reasons: low water that creates crowding and poor water quality or oxygen depletions from over-fertilization and/or excessive weed…