We are a small farm, with about eight acres of pasture for our pigs. This year we have the most finisher pigs we have ever had. That means a lot more pens to feed, and a lot more water to deal with. This year we have some pens in the back of our acreage, which once we get our big snowfall, will make all of this, that more difficult.
Our watering system is hardly glamorous! All we use are the big rubber 15 gallon tubs, and a wheelbarrow water bag, and various shovels hanging from trees in each pen, like ornaments! We keep thinking solar, but our winters are very gray and not a lot of sunshine. In short we haul a lot of water and break a lot of ice(great for the abs and arms!). We love the rubber tubs, because they can take a beating! When the ice isn't too thick, you can give them a good kick and break the ice that way and they bounce right back into place. We also get great help from the pigs, just this morning Jason spotted a five-month-old piglet step onto the tub and sit on it to break the ice! Apparently he didn't get out there fast enough! We are glad she didn't fall in! BRRRR!!!
The wheelbarrow water bag is awesome! We found it through Jeffers. It is a $15 gem! The bag sits in the wheelbarrow and holds 19 gallons and has a spout on the end so you can tip the wheelbarrow and pour the water out. We do keep it drained and in the barn after use so it doesn't crack.
That is our watering system in a nutshell. It does make for some early mornings before work to get ice taken care of, but for right now it seems to be working. Plus who can argue with piggy labor!
HAVE A GREAT WEEK!