Farm Hacks: How to keep your drinking supplies, ice-free


This week it is all about ways to ensure your stocks drinking supply does not freeze over.

Farm Hacks: How to keep your drinking supplies, ice-free

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This week it is all about ways to ensure your stocks drinking supply does not freeze over.

We have had bitterly cold weather in recent days, with temperatures set to stay below zero tonight, but is there any way to keep your troughs unfrozen?

This presents a bit of a problem for farmers, with drinking supplies for livestock becoming frozen over. As you know, it is important that animals always have a supply of fresh water, therefore, this can represent a huge problem for farmers, especially those with no electrical source nearby the water.

But is there any way to prevent water troughs freezing without having electricity on hand? Yes, yes there is!

  • One easy way to ensure the water trough will not freeze over, is by simply using old plastic bottles or milk cartons. Add a small bit of water to each container, then add some salt. 5-6 tablespoons should be more than enough. These should then be placed in the troughs. Using two bottles per large trough or container, will ensure that freezing does not occur.
  • Next one is a tried and tested method to prevent freezing. This method is best served for troughs which are kept out on the land. A trench should be dug, around the size of the water container. In this trench, bore a deep post-sized hole in the ground. Put the water tank in the trench, covering the hole, and the heat from the ground should prevent freezing, except in extreme cases.
  • Another method used, though it can be expensive, is adding a thin layer of olive oil to the water. As oil never freezes, this will make sure the water will also not freeze over. There are no real dangers of using olive oil or stock having access to it, though as always, everything is best in moderation and small doses as a precaution.
  • The next method is not highly successful but will allow the stock to get access to the water. Some farmers simply place an item, like a tennis ball into the tanks. This means, that no matter what the temperatures drop to, there will always be a hole in any iced over water. This though, would not be the most successful of hacks, as often if temperatures drop low enough, they can freeze over ball and all.
Hopefully, this will be the last of the cold weather, so we may not even need the above hacks. That being said, they will surely come in handy this time next year!

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