Nose Pumps: An Animal-Powered Watering Option

Lots of folks use streams, springs and ponds to water livestock in pasture.  It can be convenient and easy.  But it's not always the best for animal health or for preventing bank damage and erosion.

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2 thoughts on “Nose Pumps: An Animal-Powered Watering Option

  1. Nice to see the publicity, but we need to make a clear distinction between diaphragm nosepumps and the piston pumps. Because the action is different, we have found we can easily water 100 head per pump (50 pair) and multiple pumps can be mounted on the same well for larger herds. We have customers watering 500 cows on one well with 4 Frostfree Nosepumps. Just needed to clarify that. Thanks.

  2. Tried an Aquamat for my Dexters this spring, and couldn’t be happier. A small breed, I had concerns about them having the heft to make it work, but literally within hours everyone was pumping their own water. Spring babies who “played” with the pump soon could get a squirt on their own. After reconfiguring paddocks to run perpendicular to the creek, we made several permanent stanchions and I move only the pump with rotations. Really easy.
    Must point out, also, what a great solution it is for protecting the riparian buffer. Muddy cows, shoreline erosion, and downstream disturbance is eliminated as well.

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