You Can Be a Watering Expert
For many living the rural life, owning and caring for more than one type of animal is a part of daily life. Each species presents their own unique challenges when it comes to keeping them happy and healthy, but there’s one thing they all have in common — the dependence on fresh, clean water. Responsible watering is more complicated than simply providing the drinking water, though. Not only is it important to monitor water quality to protect your animals, but you need to make sure the methods by which you water also protect the environment.
If you’re a hobby farmer, you’re sure to have challenges when it comes to providing adequate water in a responsible way. Luckily, this problem has a solution. You just have to keep a few things in mind.
The most important thing to remember is that the amount of water an animal needs depends on their species, as well as numerous other factors such as the weather, climate, and age. Familiarizing yourself with the amount of water your animals need depending on the time of year is the first step as a responsible hobby farmer.
The following is an example of the differences in daily water needs for some common species of livestock, according to Callie Burnett, M.S. Animal and Veterinary Sciences at Clemson University:
- Dry and bred cows: 6-15 gallons
- Nursing cows: 11-18 gallons
- Bulls: 7-19 gallons
- Growing cattle: 4-15 gallons
- Dairy cattle: 15-30 gallons
- Sheep and goats: 2-3 gallons
- Horses: 10-15 gallons
These values are an estimation and can vary depending on some of the aforementioned factors, but it’s helpful to note the difference in range based on species.
The next step is to make sure the water is clean, fresh, and responsibly sourced. But how do you do that? If you choose to use troughs, buckets, or natural water sources, the job is going to be difficult. That’s because these methods of watering require a great deal of maintenance to prevent germs, pests, incorrect water temperatures, and land destruction.
The alternative, however, is automatic watering. These types of waterers are designed to supply and cycle the perfect amount of water as your animals drink naturally. They have options for heating and cooling in harsh weather and require less maintenance to keep the water fresh. Also, by eliminating the need to lead animals to streams or lakes, you prevent runoff and environmental damage that can be detrimental to other farmers or animals downstream.
We at Ritchie have been leaders in the automatic watering field for a long time, and our line of Genesis waterers are perfect for hobby farmers.
The Genesis Series of waterers combines the benefits of automatic watering with the versatility of portable or permanent mounting options. Ideal for anywhere tanks or buckets are used, they’ll keep water cool in warm weather and are compatible with heaters when the weather is cold. The construction is strong enough to last for years and the smooth surface lends itself to easy cleaning.
Genesis waterers reduce the loss of water from evaporation, are easy to clean and maintain, have a simple hose hookup that doesn’t require digging, and will save livestock owners time and money.
To learn how you can use a Genesis or any of the other waterers from Ritchie to make your job as a hobby farmer easier, visit RitchieFount.com.