Here's a treat - a post by Farmer John! As you'll read, his project has meant a lot less hauling water and in turn, a much happier wife.
As you've read in previous posts we currently have no running water. While this isn't an ideal situation for us, the larger problem has been our livestock. An average bovine might consume 10-15 gallons of water per day. Hauling all that water to the trough in buckets got real old real fast. We decided there must be a better way.
Next to one of our pastures is an ephemeral stream. While there is little water that flows in summer, during this extremely wet winter it is full of water. The idea was to fence in a small section of this stream and dig out a deeper pool for our cattle to drink. Pictured below are a few photos of the stream.
Digging the pool was the most labor intensive part of the project. The hole is about three feet by ten feet and two and a half feet deep. I spent most of an afternoon excavating with a shovel. Next, a fence had to be erected around the new watering hole. A few T-posts, some barbed wire, fence staples, a break for lunch and the whole job was completed.
I was pretty excited to show the finished project to the customers, so I called a couple of the shaggy coos down for cool drink of water.
The cattle were happy for the drink, but a bit disappointed that I didn't have any sweet feed to treat them.
Eventually the watering hole will fill back in with silt and and rock from the stream. However, it will easily last until our brand new well is drilled. We are hoping to start this project early next week. Stay tuned for updates on the well drilling adventure!