Small stock production: Affordable water troughs for small stock

Dave Midgley shares ideas on how to construct your own water troughs based on what he has seen over many years of visiting farms. Farmers often tend to focus on providing quality feed and overlook the importance of water in a ruminant diet. With sheep, the voluntary consumption of water…

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Build your own windmill

A simple windmill that works like a hammer drill and for which the material for the head, wheel and tail cost less than K4 500 (R6 000/US$450) is a cheap and reliable solution to supplying water to livestock watering points. The first windmill Casper van Tonder built and erected is…

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Build your own problem-free water troughs

This farmer in die Karoo-desert in South Africa has developed reliable, low-maintenance water troughs from recycled materials for his sheep. He’s also devised a way to prevent livestock from damaging the float valve. Coping with extremely high daytime temperatures is a reality for both people and animals living in the…

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