The results from the calculator are an estimation based on your farm system and region, it is based on recent research, however it is indicative only. To get an exact measurement of your farms water use we recommend installing a water meter and recording data.
Complete the table below to estimate your water use.
This provides an indication of whether your water use might be above or below average at certain times of the year. The 70L average is an indicative industry average. Actual amounts will vary from farm to farm so for more accurate results, install water meters and record this data.
- Leakage - this calculated as the average of the region, so looks the same all year round, but on an individual farm it will go up and down as leaks occur and are fixed.
- Leakage rates differ for farms and can range from 2-70% of water pumped to troughs.
- Water use will be lower in winter if cows are wintered off.
- Water use will be dependent on the season, if there is a drought in summer expect water intakes to increase.
- On an individual farm you would expect to see a step change when groups of cows calve or are dried off. This was calculated from a regional average so isn't shown here.
- If your farm is not 100% irrigated then the models may over predict cow shed water use and under predict stock drinking water.
Where can improvements be made?
- At the shed - visit smart water use in the milking shed for ideas.
- Around the farm – smart water use on farm can help.
- Installing a meter – this can help identify where leaks are and where savings can be made.
- Staff training – to ensure wash-down processes are followed and leaks are fixed quickly.
- Fixing leaks and losses – 26% of stock water is lost as leaks, find out how to detect leaks.