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How to Set Up Good Stock Tanks

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I’ve learned these do’s and don’ts of stock tank installations over the course of
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Jim Gerrish is the author of "Management-Intensive Grazing: The Grassroots of Grass Farming" and "Kick the Hay Habit: A Practical Guide to Year-around Grazing" and is a popular speaker at conferences around the world. His company, American GrazingLands Services LLC is dedicated to improving the health and sustainable productivity of grazing lands around the world through the use of Management-intensive Grazing practices. They work with small farms, large ranches, government agencies and NGO's to promote economically and environmentally sustainable grazing operations and believe healthy farms and ranches are the basis of healthy communities and healthy consumers. Visit their website to find out more about their consulting services and grazing management tools, including electric fencing, stock water systems, forage seed, and other management tools.


  1. Jerry Rozell says:

    Does the Dev. Guide have suggestions for controlling moss in tire tanks?

    • Jim Gerrish says:

      Hi Jerry. The guide does not cover keeping tanks moss free. Not a problem in our area as the water is generally too cold to grow a good moss crop. I have been told from several sources, but have not done it myself, that putting a wad of copper wire in the tank will control moss. That is generally done by stripping the insulation off of old romex and putting about 50-100 ft of wadded up wire in the tank. If it works, it is a relatively simple & low cost method. Good luck. Jim

  2. Jim Gerrish says:

    Sharon, We have not had the problem of perching birds, but we also don’t have ‘guardrails’ around the tanks. I do like your idea of the rotating pipe to prevent them from perching. Jim

  3. Sharon says:

    What do you do about buzzards and ravens perching on troughs and fouling them? More of a problem with troughs in the open. I plan to try to install future tanks nearer trees or something to perch on. But these are already here. I have considered trying 2 sizes of pipe with the outer pipe rolling when they try to perch. These are round metal troughs so not as easy as straight sides to work with. Has anyone else had this problem?

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