Using ponds as a water source

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Using ponds as a water source

Postby MtnCows93 » Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:29 pm

Ive got a pond next to a pasture i sowed back in march, im not gonna graze it until this coming spring but the pond is about 2 acres, it have it fenced with 1 strand of barbwire about 10 feet out in the pond where its about 3 feet deep, the old posts were already in the water so i used them. anyway should i be worried about anything in the pond making my cows sick like algae or if they poop and pee and drink in the same general spot? just trying to think as far ahead as possible so i dont screw up
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Postby kenny thomas » Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:37 pm

For generations a pond or a creek was all they had. Lots and lots of places its still that way. They will be fine.
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Postby callmefence » Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:46 pm

It's pretty much all we use for water.
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Postby cowboy43 » Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:32 pm

When I was kid I spent my summers in a tank swimming with the cows never got sick or went to a doctor , figured I built up an immunity,got married and civilized now spent half my time in doctors office.
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Postby greybeard » Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:40 pm

If it were a small pond of nasty stagnant water that rarely got recharged from fresh runoff, I probably wouldn't use it for my cattle, but a 2 acre pond should be fine. Mine will choose pond water over a water trough of well water every time.
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Postby BRYANT » Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:52 pm

how did we make it when they had to drink out of ponds and creeks, and no one had EPD on the bulls, and everyone had crossbred cows breeding them to cross bred bulls??? I'll tell you how we made it JUST FINE.
Yes your cows can drink out of a pond, yes they will pee in it and yes they will poop in it and yes your kids can go swimming in it, and no it will not hurt them or I would have died a long time ago.
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Re: Using ponds as a water source

Postby Ky hills » Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:00 pm

In some of our fields ponds are all the water they have, and it sure saves on the water bill. Can tell a big difference in the price when they have access to a pond vs drinking city water.
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Re: Using ponds as a water source

Postby jedstivers » Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:23 pm

Ponds are ok and water millions of head but a clean water source will make more pounds of calves.
I'm trying to get all of mine to well water or county water.
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Postby Supa Dexta » Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:20 am

If you want to use the pond water its best to plumb a line out of it, gravity if you can, or pump it into a trough. Maintains the pond condition and cattle health.
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Postby dun » Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:59 am

Supa Dexta wrote:If you want to use the pond water its best to plumb a line out of it, gravity if you can, or pump it into a trough. Maintains the pond condition and cattle health.

Since we eat the fish from our ponds, we have plumbed a freeze-proof concrete waterer below the be nice that is fed from a riser in the deepest part of the pond. Plan on doing the same at the new farm when we did the pond.
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Re: Using ponds as a water source

Postby ddd75 » Sat Nov 25, 2017 7:14 am

pond at my last place had huge snappers in it.. no swimming there!
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Re: Using ponds as a water source

Postby plumber_greg » Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:20 am

Greybeard, it's strange that they will choose the pond over the well water.
Mine will spend time in the pond, but drink out of the waterer behind the dam.
If they have access to well water, they will always choose it over the pond waterer. gs
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Re: Using ponds as a water source

Postby TCRanch » Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:27 am

plumber_greg wrote:Greybeard, it's strange that they will choose the pond over the well water.
Mine will spend time in the pond, but drink out of the waterer behind the dam.
If they have access to well water, they will always choose it over the pond waterer. gs

With mine it depends on the time of the year. In the summer they will always choose a pond, creek or the lake over the well (trough &/or fountain). Multitasking - cooling off while they drink and of course too lazy or hot to walk to the fresh source of water.
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Re: Using ponds as a water source

Postby BRYANT » Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:35 am

plumber_greg wrote:Greybeard, it's strange that they will choose the pond over the well water.
Mine will spend time in the pond, but drink out of the waterer behind the dam.
If they have access to well water, they will always choose it over the pond waterer. gs

mine will also drink well water over pond water.
At my farm where they only have pond or a seasonal creek they will drink in the creek sometimes in holes that are not 15 foot across both ways and the water looks bad but I don't know what to do about it. I have even took a gallon of bleach and poured it in them holes, don't know if it helped but didn't think it would hurt either
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