Every livestock farmer knows that his animals require a continuous supply of fresh clean water and that the demands upon this supply vary with seasonal conditions, breed type, water quality and type of feed. For example under certain conditions during a hot summer individual animal consumption can rise more than ten times that of the winter.
Stock watering in remote locations or those areas without either mains water or natural resources have always proved a challenge and can be best solved using water bowsers either left on site or used to supply existing troughs.
The average daily consumption by individual animals is shown below:
|Sheep||4 litres per day||10 litres per day|
|Cattle||80 litres per day||100 litres per day|
|Horse||50 litres per day||80 litres per day|
Enduratank and Enduraspray produce both skid mounted and trailer mounted water bowsers in sizes from 200 litres to 700 litres (skid), 200 litres to 1,500 litres (trailer mounted) and from 500 litres to 13,000 litres (horizontal transport tank), all of which are suitable for water carriage and/or on site storage. It is important to remember when choosing a location for your trough or bowser to locate it under shade where possible as many breeds will avoid warm water often to their detriment.
Where an individual farmer’s supply of stock water is sourced is also an important factor to consider as a 2008 ADAS report clearly illustrates. ADAS is the United Kingdom’s largest independent agricultural and environmental consultancy. Their report, quoted by the Environment Agency, stated that the average dairy farmer in 2008 paid between £31 to £100 per annum, per cow just on water costs alone. This per head water cost can be reduced by 20% by using a rainwater harvesting system.
Enduratank are specialists in the production and supply of rainwater harvesting systems and filters and are the only UK company to manufacture a 30,000 litre rainwater harvesting tank. Do the sums! Can you afford not to consider the benefits of harvesting our most precious resource? For more information or to talk to one of our experts, call 0800 840 4030.