A lesson on water from the Dutch

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Who is sick of finding cane toads, or tadpoles in your drinking troughs? Or worried that water in pastures is becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes and heaven only knows what else. Or for those of you who stable at night, who is tired of lugging buckets full of water from tank to stable every day. (My hand is high in the air)

Lets face it, we love our equine families, but we all want to spend more time loving them and less time managing them.

When I was in the Netherlands I was dumfounded to see the horses literally watering themselves.  Each paddock had a single waterer mounted on a pole, and I stood, completely rooted to the spot and amazed as I watched horse after horse walk up to the waterer, press the “tap” with their noses and fill the bowl while the drunk their fill of water.

I had never seen anything like this in Australia.

The best thing, the bowl looked as clean as if it had just come out of a dishwasher, and it was empty and dry when the horses had finished with it.

I would have had no problems drinking from it myself, and that is something I am not going to EVER say about the dirty old bath tub that sits up the back of the paddock half filled with water and heaven’s only knows what other life forms!

And when I saw that each stable was fitted out with one, my eyes opened wide, and I was sure I had been hiding under a dry rock in Australia, wondering why no one had told me about these.

I started to realise that these Dutch really know how to handle their water!

Clean water is essential to a healthy horse and none of us want something as simple as providing clean water to be the cause of major illness or large vet bills.

In looking around I was only able to find inferior variations of these automatic waterers in Australia.  As a result, Dunstan Park have begun importing these automatic waterers from Europe.

We have selected three that suit the Australian climate. (ie not focused on heating the water and prevention of freezing, and NOT made of plastic so that they crack and fall apart in our sunlight)

Model 60 Part No. 100.0060

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Model 60

  • Automatic watering drinking bowl made ​​of cast iron, completely enamelled
  • Smooth brass tube valve
  • Connection ½” with strength from above and below
  • Water flow control by increasing the nozzle bore
  • Smooth water supply through the tube valve, good water supply, no syringes
  • Four-bolt mounting

Accessories:

    • 2 mounting brackets (No. 131.0169) for attachment to upright posts 1 ½ “- 2″

Recommended for:

  • horses
  • cattle

Model 25r with stainless steel valve ¾” Part No. 100.0259

Model 25R

Model 25R

  • Large drinking bowl made ​​of cast iron, completely enamelled
  • Smoothly running tube valve in brass (½ “) or stainless steel (¾”) with connection strength of the top and bottom
  • Smooth water supply through pipe valve
  • water flow continuously adjustable from outside via an adjusting screw
  • Water supply up to 12 l / min
  • With 6-hole mount acceSSorIeS:
  • 1 double clamp (No. 101.0179) for attachment to stand posts 1 ¼ “- 2″
  • ring circuit-switched connection-set “and ū”

Recommended for:

  • horses,
  • cattle
  • cows
  • bulls (without nose ring)

Model 115 Order No. 100.0115

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Model 115

  • Large drinking bowl made ​​of cast iron, completely enamelled
  • High water intake up to 14 L / min
  • With torque-water regulation:
    • simple, tool-free water flow regulated under the tongue.
    • Raise tongue to regulate and turn the adjusting screw Water speed is can be adjusted or turned off completely.
  • Connection ½” strength from above and below

Accessories

  • 1 double clamp (No. 101.0179) for attachment to stand posts 1 ¼ “- 2″

Recommended for:

  • horses
  • cattle
  • cows
  • bulls

Brochure Models 25R and 115

Brochure Model 60

Suevia Farmline brochure – horses

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This is not the same model, but it is very similar and gives you the gist of how clever the horses are to work out that this is where the water comes from.