We tried early on to lay the black plastic pipe on top of the ground along fence lines so the cows don’t walk on it, filling water tanks, but we had enough sharp-toothed varmints to keep us on a constant maintenance program, and the water runs until you happen to find it running.

We couldn’t find a low cost cow watering source for pastures built tough enough for beef cow abuse.  So we designed one.  Short enough for calves to drink from but tough enough for cow heads scratching on the corners.  An all welded 16 ga water base with 2” angle steel framework that is hot-dipped galvanized for years of quality service.  A full flow Hudson fill valve is used to obatin trouble free operation and eliminate the normal external moving parts (lever arms - float balls).  A good choice for any place a warm weather drinker is needed, it is an economical choice.

Finally we buried the pipe about 3 foot deep, to be below the plow depth and most of the rodent tunnel depths.  This is a lot of work, but it eliminates having to routeenly check the watering system and the interuptions of your work schedule  to fix the problems. Because there is only ever 1 cow herd in one of 14 paddocks we can connect all the drinkers one after another on the same water line run(there will not be two drinkers sharing the samewater line). We came out of the ground with the plastic pipe comming to the waterer and also the one going to the next warerer so our connections were always above ground.  To prevent the pipe bending at ground level, we brought them both up in a 3” diamiter tube extending above the finished base and about 1-1/2 foot into the ground.  We eliminated all plastic pipe fittings and switched to brass, with two good quality hose clamps on each connection.

To make a long distance run on 1” black pipe a full-flow water valve is used.  Each side of the waterer is sized for one cow head.  With two cows drinking, the full flow "HUDSON VALVE"  allows the drinker to maintain water.

The placement of the drinker in a paddock is very important.  It needs to be so that the cow can see it from any place in that paddock.  If the herd can graze out of site of the drinker, when the lead cow goes for water they move as a herd to drink. The dominate ones push and shove trying to be first.  When the drinker is always in sight the cows tend to individulay go for water when they are thirsty.

We recomend only brass fittings, with 'quality hose clamps' (for low maintenance).  We have found that warming the plastic pipe with a heat gun after the barbed fitting has been inserted but before the hose clamps are tightened will help the pipe conform to the barbs.

The water height in the cow drinkers is set by adjusting the height of the fill valve above the bottom of the drinker.  The pipe assembly holding the valve slides up and down inside a standpipe. A common hose clamp tightened around the assembly rests on top of the standpipe setting the height. Simple and Secure.

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Anti-siphon