Fix Leaking Troughs

Under mined trough


Slowly leaking troughs waste hundreds of litres per week, resulting in boggy areas and additional pumping costs.

Float valve assemblies can be completely replaced for about $70. 

Tips on Getting the Best Result

Damage to valves can be minimised with covers (on rectangular troughs) or baffles. Round troughs can be plumbed with the inlet in the bottom, removing the valve from harm’s way. Monitor water usage, it will help identify any leaks that may arise.

Troughs with overhanging lip keep cattle away from the base and reduce erosion at the base. 

Pros and Cons

Reduces muddy areas around troughs too but takes time to check the system. 

Issues in Making it Happen


Maintenance of troughs takes time but may get savings in better cow traffic and animal health.

Animal Health

Boggy areas on tracks slow cow traffic, may increase soiling of teats and predispose cows to lameness.


Troughs located in the yards will add load to the effluent.

Water trough and dam
  • Water Saving
  • Low
  • Cost
  • Moderate
  • Effort
  • Low

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