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Nose Pumps: An Animal-Powered Watering Option

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Lots of folks use streams, springs and ponds to water livestock in pasture.  It can be convenient a
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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.


  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. Pat says:

    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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