2016 - Volume #40, Issue #1, Page #40[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
No Freeze With Winter Waterer
“I fill the generator tank half full so when it runs out, the pump stops and any water in the line drains back into the pond,” says Kenyon.
The simple system is aided by the steep slope between the stock tank in the nearby pasture and the pond with the pump. Kenyon mounts the end of the water line above one end of the tank. At the pond, the water line is insulated at water level by a pack of straw bales.
Two strands of hot wire and a ground between the end of the water line and the cattle keep them from interfering with the hose. Having the electric fence over the tank also keeps his cattle trained to electric fences. While he has trained his cattle to eat snow, he prefers them having access to water.
“In the winter, snow acts as an insulator, and a single cross wire doesn’t zap the cows like it does in the summer,” explains Kenyon. “As they push and shove around a water tank, they touch both hot wires and the ground, and it zaps them, reminding them to not touch the flimsy cross wire.”
When they are in winter grazing areas without a water tank, Kenyon sets hay bales across a two or three wire perimeter fence as a training aid. “The cows will get zapped when trying to reach them,” says Kenyon. “It keeps them trained.”
These concepts are among those he has developed for his farm-based business. He does custom grazing and feeding and direct-markets grass-fed meat to consumers. He also teaches intensive grazing techniques and mentors other farmers and ranchers in grazing and other elements of sustainable agriculture.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Steve Kenyon, Greener Pastures Ranching Ltd., P.O. Box 188 Busby, Alberta Canada T0G 0H0 (ph 780 307-6500; email@example.com;
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