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Water intake

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Sheep are native to arid regions. They are able to survive on a diet with less water intake than other livestock. For maximum production though, they do need access to a continuous supply of fresh drinking water. On average a mature sheep will drink between 1 and 2.5 gallons (3.8 - 9.5 L) of water per day except after lambing when they will require more fresh water in order to produce large quantities of milk for fast growing lambs. Sheep are also able to obtain some of their water requirements through eating snow.