816,600 GALLONS OF WATER FOR ONE COW
Still on the theme of virtual water, it takes an average 816,600 gallons of water to raise a cow or steer from birth to market over the course of three years in an industrial production system. The key figures are:
- 808,400 gallons for 18,700 pounds of pasture, feed and hay
- 6,300 gallons for drinking
- 1,900 gallons for farm cleaning
- 816,600 gallons in total, to produce
- 440 pounds of boneless beef.