Livestock Waterer Guide: Finding the Right Fit

Need help selecting the right automatic horse waterer?

Did you know the average dairy cow needs at least 20 gallons of water every day? A cow-calf pair requires about 15 gallons each day? While no one doubts hydration is important, many livestock owners are unsure about which waterer is right for their situation.

So hopefully today we can clear up a little of that confusion.

At Nelson Manufacturing, we offer a wide variety of waterers for all livestock. We know it can be difficult to provide enough water for all your livestock, our high-quality livestock waterers solve that problem and save you time and money.

We have four different models to fit your needs. The models start with the 300 series, then we have the 700 series for customers who have greater needs.

Most people think that an automatic waterer can’t handle a herd of livestock. However, as the chart below shows, our waterers ensure your livestock remain hydrated.

Animals / Waterers Model 730 Model 760 Model 300-24
Cattle on pasture 25 30 25
Cattle in confinement 60 80 60
Sheep 150 175 150
Horses 10-12 15-18 10-12

Another advantage? You no longer have to haul buckets of water or fill the water troughs. Saving time saves you money because your time is valuable.

When thinking about how you can make the most of your waterer, here are a couple things to think about before installation:

  1. What’s the best location for my waterer?
    When strategizing on where to put your livestock waterer, think about where you can put it to reach the most animals. This could mean putting it in between two pasture
  2. How should I mount my waterer?
    Think about the livestock using the waterers and what height is the best for them. You can pour a concrete slab, and put the waterer in the slab or mount it in the bell end of a concrete sewer pipe. Installing the waterer this way makes it indestructible. Another option is to install the waterer between the fence line. The last option is to install the waterer in between stalls.
  3. Do my waterer need protection from freezing water?
    Depending on your climate, the waterline has a chance of freezing. To protect against frozen drinking water, install water insulation, the insulation consists of urethane foam molded around a 3” diameter pipe. The energy efficient heater provides protection against water freeze up.
  4. How do I clean my waterer?
    Nelson Automatic Waterers are convenient to clean. In fact, you can clean one in 30 seconds. No need for any tools, the bowl comes rights out and you can just wipe it down and put the bowl back.
  5. Do you offer any type of warranty?
    Nelson Manufacturing offers a one year warranty for all waterers, and a three year warranty for all heaters and thermostats. Upon the arrival of the waterer we will inspect it to see if the problem can be fixed or if it would be best to replace the waterer with a brand new one.
  6. How can I monitor how much my livestock are drinking?
    For our 700 Series Waterers you can add a water consumption indicator that lets you know when your livestock aren’t drinking enough water. The indicator can be up to 300 feet away from the waterer.

If you have any questions about our waterers or what model would be best for you, visit our website for more information.

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