Hinton Mills Vice President
Fresh water is essential to the health of your herd. It may be the cheapest and most important thing you provide your animals. Livestock that drink plenty of clean, fresh water are less susceptible to illness or disease, have better milk production and gain more weight.
When you are choosing a new waterer, here are several things to consider:
Water stays fresher and cleaner by choosing a correctly sized waterer. This ensures animals have enough water when they need it but limits the amount that sits in reservoir and becomes hot or stagnant.
A well-insulated waterer helps prevent freezing in the winter but also keeps drinking water cooler during warm weather and minimizes the loss of water from evaporation.
Because they are covered, energy-free ball waterers also prevent algae growth and minimize mosquitoes.
Jobe valves, although not made for any specific waterer, work in many automatic waterers, water tanks and cisterns. They have become my first pick to fix a waterer that is having issues. They are better than those made for the specific waterer because they are more durable, have a built-in shutoff valve and are rated for both low and high pressure (0-150psi). Other valves typically have a 20psi window (60-80psi, etc).
During waterer installation, putting down mud cover and gravel improves drainage and may eliminate many mud related issues. Mud can contribute to a number of adverse effects upon cattle but can also wreak havoc on your waterers.
If you have waterer questions, call or stop by any of our five locations. We’ll be happy to help.