water bowser

I did use an old slurry tanker once , as a water bowser . trouble with it was that the acid in the slurry had taken the galvanising off the tank , and even though it was thoroughly washed out it very quickly went rusty and delivered most un appetising looking water to the drinkers .
 

john mc d

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Livestock Farmer
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Argyll and Bute
I did use an old slurry tanker once , as a water bowser . trouble with it was that the acid in the slurry had taken the galvanising off the tank , and even though it was thoroughly washed out it very quickly went rusty and delivered most un appetising looking water to the drinkers .
thanks for replying, take your point also will the water flow quick enough eg is
there enough head espcially when it is getting near empty.
 
No problem with water flow , so long as there is any head at all . It possibly will run more slowly , but will that matter to the cattle ?
Only if they start pushing around the trough 'cos its empty and bend it

The low pressure inserts for the ball (float) valve can be had for a couple of quid and easily changed over. They just have a bigger hole for more flow
 

Exfarmer

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Bury St Edmunds
I would be nervous about bacteria lurking in the tanker as well as the rust thing - lumps of rust block ball cocks even the low pressure, large holed variety.
Do not take the water from the bottom of the tank a couple of inches at least above, 6 would be better.
Wash the tank out with a good dose of hyper first.
Try and find the hardest water source you can. Soft water is far worse for rusting. May be difficult in Argyll and Bute though
 

Exfarmer

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Bury St Edmunds
thanks for your advice, maybe starting to go off old slurry tanker, i did wonder are rer ashave never seen any sitting in fields doing that job.
I think there is a danger that some ignorant townies will think that you are carting slurry in the morning and water to the cows in the afternoon. Dont be surprised by idiot comments on Facebook about it. Maybe best to stick large. sign on it fresh water only ;)
 
Ive only got twenty cows, so one tonne per day does the job
 

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NI agri-food stakeholder groups discuss climate change bill with committee

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Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland

The Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC) recently submitted oral evidence to members of the Stormont Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (AERA) committee on the content and potential impact of the Northern Ireland Climate Change Bill (No.2).

This draft legislation was recently introduced to the Northern Ireland Assembly by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in conjunction with agriculture minister, Edwin Poots.

“We were accompanied by representatives from a wide range of food industry bodies, including the Northern Ireland Meat Exporters’ Association,the Ulster Farmers’ Union [UFU], Northern...
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