Without water no human being or animal can survive and nothing is more important to the health and economy of a farm than clean and reliable stock water.
We've all seen what happens when disease breaks out - don't let this happen to your herd.
With a good stock water system in place, this leads to: increased subdivision, better grazing management, improved pasture utilisation/production and improved stock performance leading to better and more reliable returns.
Much research has been done on the economic benefits of access to good quality water and the returns certainly outweigh the costs.
The benefits of troughs with clean water also far outweigh the risks of animals getting stuck in dams, creeks or swamps, particularly when conditions are dry and levels are dropping.
Stock drinking from troughs are less likely to come into contact with pathogens.
With pressure on natural waterways to be fenced off this has also increased the need for waterlines to be laid and troughs installed in each paddock.
Laying of the pipes is very important and ultimately they need to be underground to save them being damaged by stock or vehicles. This also keeps the water cooler in summer and prevents freezing in winter.