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Ice Bull Valve Keeps Water Tanks Open
Keep your livestock water tanks ice free down to -30F degrees with no special connections or electricity required. The reactive agent in the Ice Bull water valve automatically opens up when water reaches 42F to let water flow at .2 gal/minute.
  “It’s doing two things,” says Paul Rekart, national sales manager for the Fenton, Mo., company, Control Devices, LLC, that introduced the valve in 2012. “As water flows through the valve it creates turbulence and injects water from underground that is 50-plus degrees. Those factors prevent the water from freezing.”
  Ice Bull has gone through extensive testing, and should it fail, it stays in the open position to prevent freezing. Rekart notes it’s recommended that the tank has an overflow drain, because the valve will continue to flow when open to help prevent freezing regardless of the water level.  
  The Ice Bull valve connects on the side tap of standard 3/4-in. or 1-in. valves. At least the bottom half of the valve, with the active agent sealed inside, must be submerged in the water.
  The Ice Bull valve is made in the U.S., and list price is $115 with a year warranty. It is available on the Control Devices, LLC, website and through dealers in the Midwest.
  The product is selling well in its second season, Rekart says, and fits well in the 50-year-old company’s complete line of water, gas and air valves designed for applications in a variety of industries.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Control Devices, LLC, 1555 Larkin Williams Rd., Fenton, Mo. 63026 (ph 800 233-1477; www.cdivalve.com).

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