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Drinking Water: An overlooked threat to farm biosecurity

Of the many steps Australian farmers take to improve the biosecurity of their farms, one significant threat is often not taken seriously enough. The provision of safe, clean drinking water is hugely important to the prosperity of any livestock farm. The costs, in terms of productivity losses and mortality, of not doing so can be astronomical.

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Water Consumption

Water Consumption

Definition and how to find it

Water Consumption is the amount of water used by the herd/flock (or a smaller group) in a given day. It is a volumetric measurement, best expressed in litres per day. It is often a very useful number in livestock dosing applications because it can be used to provide a rough FLOW RATE.

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The Golden Numbers of Water Dosing

The Golden Numbers of Water Dosing

How to make the right choice of doser

While it is possible to just buy a dosing machine and hope it works, there are a 3 “Golden Numbers” you should work out in advance to make sure you get the right doser for your needs. These figures are crucial in working out if any dosing pump will work on your farm (not just the machines we sell). So even if you are looking at a Dosatron, Chemilizer, or some other option, make sure to work out the following before going ahead with a purchase. The Golden Numbers are:

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Can you use an automated dosing system on your farm?

Can you use an automated dosing system on your farm?

In Australia, some people still believe that water dosing systems (such as the Dostatron, Gator, Select Doser, etc.) can only be used on large, intensive operations such as pig and poultry farms, where livestock are kept in fairly close quarters.

This is not the case.

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