When we buy our first mob of steers we want to keep them in the stock yards for a week or so, so we needed to set up water troughs in the stock yard. There is a dam just near the stock yards, so we decided to install two 1000 L troughs and fill them from the dam using our dam pump. In Australia, this type of pump is known as a "firefighter" pump, I don't know if that term is used in other countries as well. It can be used for rural firefighting as you can just dump it into any dam, tank or swimming pool and suck out the water at a high flow rate. It has a petrol engine, so it can be used anywhere, even if there's no electricity connected. We usually leave it sitting next to the dam at "eight acres" so that we can pump water up to various troughs and old bathtubs that we use for stock water, but as we didn't want to buy a second pump, we put it on the ute and took it to the new property to fill the troughs. It will live on the back of the ute while we need it at both properties.
To set up the pump we installed a foot valve on the suction pipe (this keeps the water in the suction line and prevents large debris being sucked up with the water), with a rock to keep it under the water and a float to keep it from sitting on the bottom and sucking up mud, all tied on with baling twine. Once we had the suction end set up, we just attached the discharge fittings and started the pump. After we'd filled the troughs, we disconnected the pump and left the two sections of polypipe ready for the next time we need to fill the troughs and took the pump back to the other property.
Have you set up stock water? What method do you use?
|The dam pump|
|The dam is pretty good for swimming too, Chez loves a swim |
(more of a wade, I call her my hippo), but Chime is a bit more hesitant.
|Farmer Pete demonstrates the float/sinker idea, the float string |
turned out to be ambitious and was shortened
|We couldn't throw it far enough from the shore, so I 'volunteered'|
to wade in, I kept my boots on! (Cheryl did come in for moral support)
|The suction end all set up|
|filling the troughs in the yards|