I would use railroad ties and rocks , no wooden deck the railroad ties are to hold the rocks in place as the rocks are the deck Suzanne
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I have a taller tank inside the barn for winter. It's on a pallet, so makes it harder for the calves to reach. I screwed a piece of plywood to the pallet that sticks out from under the tank (so they don't get their feet caught) to give them a little bit of something to stand on (front feet only). And then from an older time period, there's another wooden "step" thing that we made that serves the same purpose on one end of the tank. It's surprising how much even the cows use it. There's also an end that has nothing to step up on, which they also use. Whatever you use, make sure it's not slippery, esp. if they're getting all four feet on it.
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Thanks so much for bringing this up! Even though it isn't an issue for us right now, when we have young calves we need to put out a low tub for them to drink from.
However, mud around the tank IS an issue. We have used timbers from the highway department. They are about 6x6 and approximately 5 feet long. Next time we get a load of gravel for the driveway, I'm going to insist that we use some of it for a stock tank deck.
One of our troughs is a 100 gallon Rubbermaid one, and Jasper (the Pyr) needs to be able to drink out of it in the winter because it has a de-icer in it and doesn't freeze. If it's full to the brim, he's tall enough to reach, but not if it's down several inches, so we put a concrete block on one end, on the ground, and he steps up on that with his front feet to be tall enough to drink. The big animals don't need it, but Jasper uses it every time, and when we have a calf over there, the calf will step up on the block, too. In winter, we keep the trough inside the run-in barn, so there really aren't many issues with mud in there, and in the summer, there's a concrete pad out in the corral it sits on. But even in summer, we put Jasper's block out for him. Sometimes he doesn't want to come all the way to the house to drink.
The trough we have in the cow barn is smaller, a 75 gallon Rubbermaid, and calves can reach in there with no problem. Of course, sometimes Cricket poops in there, too. It's just the right height...
We used a pallet with a piece of plywood on top for a while to allow out mini to drink out fo our bulk tank turned stock tank. Eventually we ended up building up the sides around the tank with class five crushed rock. We did some grading at the same time and now it’s no longer a mud hole, which is a nice little bonus.
Post by jerseyrose on Nov 17, 2020 13:39:02 GMT -5
The stone dust and a gentle slope should take care of any water around the trough which would eliminate any slick spots unless you get ice/ freezing rain.
Does the insulation alone keep it from freezing? Or do you have to keep the water moving too?
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