The answer to this question is usually a series of questions about the animal's liveweight, size, activity, and physiological state (pregnant, lactating, etc) - all of which affect daily intake. Then of course there is the ambient temperature and humidity of the farm and the amount of shade on offer.  So all this makes you realise how dangerous an "average" figure is. But you need some kind of figure for planning water supply systems, so here are some that have been around for years.  However, always err on the high side of any figures if you know that stock is having to deal with extra challenges like dairy cows walking long distances, stock in summer with no shade, or in winter when eating very wet herbage.

Consumption in Litres/head/day

 Class of animals   Litres/head/day
 Cattle (lactating)  70
 Dairy cattle (plant cleaning)  70
 Cattle (non lactating)  45
 Calves  25
 Working horses  55
 Grazing horses  35
 Sheep  4
 Lambs  1
 Sows  25
 Poultry per 100 birds  20
 Household use per person  200


Peak drinking water flows in Litres/head/day
 Class of animals  Litres/head/hour
 Cattle (lactating)  12-14
 Cattle (non lactating)  8-10
 Sheep  0.4