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Drought Spawns Idea For Big Water Trough
The drought over the past few years in Canada's western prairie provinces has required stockmen to devote a lot of effort to hauling or finding water.
  Floyd McMartin, Aberdeen, Saskatchewan, found himself in that fix and decided to do something about it.
  He designed a round polyethylene drinking trough that fits around a 5,800-gal. polyethylene water tank.
  The tank is 10 ft. in diameter and 12 ft. tall. Because the trough is also polyethylene, it's easy to clean and there's no rust or corrosion. The trough is 24 in. high and 14 ft. in diameter with 40 ft. of usable drinking space. A float valve controls water flow from the tank into the trough.
  The tank and trough can be moved from pasture to pasture or set in a more permanent location. While the system was designed primarily for warm season use, McMartin says it can be used in winter by installing a floating trough heater.
  He says some buyers have set them up to catch roof run-off water. Others keep them full by installing solar-powered pumps on low-volume water wells.
  McMartin's company, Hold-On Industries, offers a 12-month warranty. Suggested price is $5,500 (Canadian) for the 5,800-gal. system. A 3,800-gal. system is available for $3,300.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Hold-On Industries Inc., Box 430, Aberdeen, Sask., Canada S0K 0A0 (ph 800 383-2228 or 306 253-4343; fax 306 374-7146l; E-mail: holdon@hold-onindustries.com; Website: www.hold-onindustries.com).

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2002 - Volume #26, Issue #6