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Farm Pond Issues

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:58 am
by ray.floydjr
Hello all, I am new to cattle and I have an old pond that is in some pretty rocky soil. It has been leaching out and loosing water pretty quick here lately. Is there anything I can do to seal it up? Do they make a pond liner that will stand up to cattle?

Re: Farm Pond Issues

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:27 am
by ohiosteve
Bentonite clay if you can drain the pond.

Re: Farm Pond Issues

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:40 pm
by Kingfisher
Where are you located? Is it leaking out or evaporating?

Re: Farm Pond Issues

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:54 pm
by True Grit Farms
A lot of times cows walking in the water will seal the pond.

Re: Farm Pond Issues

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:30 pm
by ray.floydjr
Kingfisher wrote:Where are you located? Is it leaking out or evaporating?

I am in Northeastern Oklahoma. It is a hot climate, but we have got a lot of rain recently and the pond never fills up.

Re: Farm Pond Issues

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:46 pm
by dun
Could be multiple things. Pond not having adequate run off area or it could be leaking. A good clay blanket on the bottom and sides, at least 6 inches but a foot is better. It could also have a spring in the bottom. If it does it will never fill because as soon as the water gets deep enough the pressure of the water in the pond can overcome the head pressure from the spring. If that happens it just runs down and finds another outlet in the spring.

Re: Farm Pond Issues

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:34 pm
by ddd75
throw hogs in there for a month or 2

Re: Farm Pond Issues

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:13 pm
by Kingfisher
ray.floydjr wrote:
Kingfisher wrote:Where are you located? Is it leaking out or evaporating?

I am in Northeastern Oklahoma. It is a hot climate, but we have got a lot of rain recently and the pond never fills up.

Has it ever filled up? Is it a catch for a bigger pond? Thanks for your reply.

Re: Farm Pond Issues

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:24 pm
by callmefence
ray.floydjr wrote:
Kingfisher wrote:Where are you located? Is it leaking out or evaporating?

I am in Northeastern Oklahoma. It is a hot climate, but we have got a lot of rain recently and the pond never fills up.[/quote
If your ponds never getting full
Go out after a good rain and watch where the water runs. See if you've got water running around your pond. A road or even a cow trail can redirect a considerable amount of water.
Some small ditches cut with the blade can get the water back where the pond catches it.

Re: Farm Pond Issues

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:45 pm
by Cross-7
Most of that ground that I've been around up there is gravel based.
You're going to need to seal it with some type of clay.

Re: Farm Pond Issues

Posted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:44 am
by ray.floydjr
Kingfisher wrote:
ray.floydjr wrote:
Kingfisher wrote:Where are you located? Is it leaking out or evaporating?

I am in Northeastern Oklahoma. It is a hot climate, but we have got a lot of rain recently and the pond never fills up.

Has it ever filled up? Is it a catch for a bigger pond? Thanks for your reply.

I haven't had the property very long to know if it has ever filled completely. There are no other ponds around it, so I don't think it is a catch for a a bigger pond.