Frostfree Nosepumps’ creep watering attachment allows young or weak calves to access water from a trough that is filled by larger animals using the pump.  |  Frostfree Nosepumps Ltd. photo

Creep watering attachment designed especially for calves

Jeff Anderson says there is some debate about whether pre-weaned calves need supplemental water to complement their mother’s milk. Some producers believe it best for calves to get their entire liquid intake from milk because of its associated nutrients and immunological benefits. Others believe calves should supplement milk intake with water as desired, especially if […] Read more

This is one type of trough used in off-site watering systems. After the Shoestring Ranch installed its system, Ian Murray noticed cattle would bypass the creek to drink from the cleaner water in the trough.  |  File photo

Pumping water improves pastures

OLDS, Alta.— Cleaner drinking water and less erosion around creeks are obvious from the start when ranchers install new watering systems. Ian Murray of Acme, Alta., installed off-site watering systems when he started Shoestring Ranch in 2007. He pumps water from a dugout during winter and started to see benefits right away, despite experiencing glitches […] Read more

Pasture pipeline reliable, cheap

Less costly than solar, generators | Pasture pipelines are eco friendly and deliver quality water

LAKE FRANCIS, Man. — Henry Rosing leaned against a pick-up truck parked at the entrance to a hay field on a cool but sunny August morning. Two massive truck tires sat on the back of a trailer a few metres away, but they weren’t typical heavy equipment tires. Instead, they had been refitted as water […] Read more