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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Water troughs - algae
« on: March 20, 2021, 05:40:12 pm »
We use the black plastic troughs in the grazing fields and I am bothered by the amount of algae growing on the water surface.

Should I be? 

How do we prevent or control it?  If we had only sheep, I could envisage "sunhats" for the troughs. but the cattle and ponies would just demolish anything I can think of...
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landroverroy

  • Joined Oct 2010
Re: Water troughs - algae
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2021, 07:18:04 pm »
Unless it's blue green I wouldn't bother. I'm sure there's more animals drinking out of troughs with algae in than are drinking crystal clear water. Nearly all my fields are watered by a large water bowser and they always have algae in after about a week and in 30 years it's never seemed to have any ill effects. I'm sure no one checks long standing puddles for algae before they let their animals drink. Algae has been around long before the advent of field troughs. :thinking: 
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Scarlet.Dragon

  • Joined May 2015
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Water troughs - algae
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2021, 07:26:15 pm »
I change and clean mine once a fortnight.  You can add apple cider vinegar (if they're plastic not zinc) which helps prevent growth.  Salt does the same thing but make sure you use the correct ratio so as not to harm the livestock if going down that route.  I do have an abandoned concrete trough in one field that fills with rainwater... and yes, the nags do take that in preference to the clean water trough if they're closer!
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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Water troughs - algae
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2021, 08:35:10 pm »
Thanks both, I shall sleep now...   And get some apple cider vinegar on Monday :)
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

naturelovingfarmer

  • Joined May 2021
  • Ohio River Valley
Re: Water troughs - algae
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2021, 08:22:14 pm »
Chicken waterers had some brownish algae in them, I just wiped them off with a damp cloth. No ill effect. Animals seemed to prefer the ones I hadn't cleaned yet. Oh well. Some kinds of algae are edible. There's little fish you can buy that will eat it out of tanks. There's also an aquatic snail that eats algae. They usually put the snails in ponds and the fish in tanks. If I had a big stock tank instead of little feed pans I'd throw a couple of these little critters in there to deal with it for me.
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