Friday, February 23, 2024
HomeGrazing ManagementGreg Judy's Fail-Proof, Temporary Waterer

Greg Judy’s Fail-Proof, Temporary Waterer

As grazing season approaches, we think of two things – fencing and water for the livestock. Stock-watering solutions for mob/rotational grazing require an extra degree of creativity, so we like to provide examples that you might be able to adapt to your own operation. So, here’s Greg Judy in a 7:40 video describing a temporary water tank set up he’s perfected over the years. These pastures have pressurized county water that Greg uses for the limited time his cattle are there. He uses hoses and 3/4 inch polyethylene tubing and high quality hoses to bring the water from the source to the tank in the pasture.

The reason this is called a “Fail-Proof” waterer is that Greg has made improvements to his system to solve all the problems he encountered along the way. Fiberglass posts hold the tank in place and keep cattle from knocking it over. Sidewalls from earth moving tires surround the tub to keep cattle from muddying up the ground around the tank. He uses the best valves and hoses he can buy because, though they’re not cheap, they’re cheaper than the $300 to $400 water bills he might get when cheaper versions break in the middle of the night. Finally, he protects both the tub and his hoses with a little bit of electric fence. It keeps the cattle from climbing into the tank and breaking valves, and keeps them from stepping on and harming the hoses.

Check out his set up and see if something similar might work for you!

If you’d like to see more videos from Greg, check out his youtube channel.

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Kathy Voth
Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.

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