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Springs as water source for animals
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Ray Havens    Posted 06-13-2004 at 01:09:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Has anyone used or developed a spring water supply for animals? How can it be done. Have water draining on some mountain property.

tim[in]    Posted 06-13-2004 at 20:42:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
louis bromfield of malabar farm fame used a spring to chill the vegetables for his famous " roadside market to end all markets" and from there it ran under the road to a watercress bed and then to a large pond on the other side . he then used it to water livestock and then irrigate crops with it.

Ray goatmam    Posted 06-13-2004 at 23:11:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks all for the info, headed north to check land & see how the water drains & drops!!!

deadcarp    Posted 06-13-2004 at 08:55:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
I guess you could call it developed - we had just a trickle so pecked away til we decided it was for real. Then dug a big notch downhill, added a wooden barrel (old scrubbed-out vat from the pickle plant really - always had a hint of salt taste. Boy the critters lined up for a sip) with an overflow pipe and drain spigot, and channeled the spring into it. Darn handy free well. :)

Jet9N    Posted 06-13-2004 at 07:47:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
We used spring water to water the livestock at
the homestead. If their is a creek or lake to run
the overflow into you never have problems with
forst. Just run the spring to a trough and divert
the overflow to the creek or lake. One point of
interest, cattle like cold water, while horses
prefer warm water.



Dieselrider    Posted 06-13-2004 at 06:14:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Curt is right, you need to know that the water keeps flowing even when it's dry or you'll be hauling water. Another thing to consider is put in a holding tank below the spring and pump the water out of it for the animals. Then you can use one of those frost free spiggots if you live in areas where the water may freeze in the winter.

Steve from TN    Posted 06-13-2004 at 05:18:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ray, if your water is a constant flow, it would be worth your time to run some pipe to divert the flow to your cattle. You can put a spigot on the lower end at your tank or a float valve to turn your water off.

donna in wv    Posted 06-13-2004 at 05:15:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
we have had this farm in my hubbys family for 65 years and all our livestock is fed from a mountain spring. when we moved here 7 yrs ago the farm had been empty 2-3 years and we had the water tested and passed .the farm extension tested a sample we brought them and it wasn't expensive,round 5-10 dollars i think.

curt    Posted 06-13-2004 at 05:04:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
hundreds of possibilties.. you first need to know if it is wet weather water or if there will be water there in dry weather conditions.

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