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How to Keep Livestock Water from Freezing

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I didn't create this device, so all credit to these farmers for working out a way to keep their goats water buckets from freezing in the winter, using tires, foam insulation and a bit of styrofoam.

 

http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/self-reliance/...

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I'll give that one a try. During the coldest days of our winters, the water I bucket to my sheep freezes over in minutes. Once there is snow on the ground, the sheep don't pay nearly as much attention to the water. Unfortunately, when there is no snow and they are eating hay, their water consumption is high. That is the limiting factor on my flock size.

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There's a company in Saskatchewan that specialized in solar powered livestock waterers. Basically, theres two types of systems.

 

First one is a trenched water line into a vertical casing in the ground. The bottom of the casing is sealed and long enough to go below the frost line. There's a submersible pump wired to a controller and powered by solar panels. There's a motion switch to detect the presence of animals, this starts the pump and feeds the through built atop the casing. When the motion detector stops seeing animals, its cuts out the pump and the water flows back under the freezing point.

The other uses a insulated through and the turnover created by the animals drinking to ensure water doesn't freeze.

www.kellnsolar.com

Much better description on the site. Will post pictures of ours at home. They run amazing and I live in Manitoba, Canada where weather gets really cold. We use this to keep the cows on pasture throughout winter in order to bale graze.

 

 

 

Lucky Luc's picture

There's a company in Saskatchewan that specialized in solar powered livestock waterers. Basically, theres two types of systems.

 

First one is a trenched water line into a vertical casing in the ground. The bottom of the casing is sealed and long enough to go below the frost line. There's a submersible pump wired to a controller and powered by solar panels. There's a motion switch to detect the presence of animals, this starts the pump and feeds the through built atop the casing. When the motion detector stops seeing animals, its cuts out the pump and the water flows back under the freezing point.

The other uses a insulated through and the turnover created by the animals drinking to ensure water doesn't freeze.

www.kellnsolar.com

Much better description on the site. Will post pictures of ours at home. They run amazing and I live in Manitoba, Canada where weather gets really cold. We use this to keep the cows on pasture throughout winter in order to bale graze.

 

 

 

Lucky Luc's picture

There's a company in Saskatchewan that specialized in solar powered livestock waterers. Basically, theres two types of systems.

 

First one is a trenched water line into a vertical casing in the ground. The bottom of the casing is sealed and long enough to go below the frost line. There's a submersible pump wired to a controller and powered by solar panels. There's a motion switch to detect the presence of animals, this starts the pump and feeds the through built atop the casing. When the motion detector stops seeing animals, its cuts out the pump and the water flows back under the freezing point.

The other uses a insulated through and the turnover created by the animals drinking to ensure water doesn't freeze.

www.kellnsolar.com

Much better description on the site. Will post pictures of ours at home. They run amazing and I live in Manitoba, Canada where weather gets really cold. We use this to keep the cows on pasture throughout winter in order to bale graze.

 

 

 

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