Drink from Troughs

Cows at a water trough


Water losses from drinking troughs are minimal when compared to losses from stock dams and channels.

Investing in this infrastructure should be undertaken as a part of a whole farm plan.

Water can be used to change the way cattle use the paddocks. Locate the troughs away from gates to minimise congestion. 

Tips on Getting the Best Result

Guidelines on storage and delivery systems are available from stockists. A doubling of pipe diameter gives four times the supply capacity.

Place troughs on a bed of solid material to avoid them being undermined by stock. 

Pros and Cons

Troughs give cleaner water and better control but there are additional costs in pumping and maintenance. Undersizing the infrastructure may limit options for future land use.

Monitor water usage, it will help identify any leaks that may arise. 

Issues in Making it Happen


Time taken to check and maintain system.

Animal Health

Less likely to have cows and calves getting bogged or standing in dams.


Reduced damage to channel banks and waterways although may get nutrient build up around troughs over time.

  • Water Saving
  • Moderate
  • Cost
  • High
  • Effort
  • High

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