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The design of the nosepump includes a small, enclosed trough with a lever apparatus that is pushed by the cow's nose. This is set on top of a 24 inch galvanized steel culvert, set vertically into the ground to whatever depth is required to make use of the ground water level. The nose-powered lever apparatus operates a piston pump which is submersed in the water in the culvert - much like the old hand pumps many of us have been familiar with for years.
The height to which the water rises in the culvert does affect the force required by the cow to operate the pump but the Anderson cattle have no difficulty whatsoever using the nosepump on a 40ft well with static water at 19ft. With relatively little provision for frost protection, the pumps have worked trouble free on the Anderson farm for some time. The only requirement has been to chip ice off that tends to build up on the sides of the trough from the cows splashing the water. If this isn't done occasionally in cold weather, the ice will inhibit the operation of the lever.
The installation of a unit such as this is fairly simple and, with the exception of drilling the hole or trenching for dugouts, can be done by the rancher in most cases. Installing the culvert properly to meet government regulations may require obtaining the services of a licensed water well driller. Please check with your local authorities.
The total cost of the complete system varies with the required depth (depending on the water table) and the rates charged by the well driller or backhoe operator. Complete installation, including drilling or trenching, pump, rod and pipe, culvert, culvert lid, insulation and platform would run between $2000 - $3000 Canadian.
Application options for the Frost Free NosepumpTM include systems in which dugout or pond water is diverted underground to the bottom of the culvert supplying water to the pump; thus providing the opportunity to utilize a dugout year round without the use of electrical energy or heat. This system has potential to be used in many applications where riparian area protection is being implemented. As well, this low cost, year round watering facility can improve access to areas that previously were not considered for livestock watering because of the cost or unavailability of an energy source.
2002 - Alberta's Farm Classic Awards
"Farmer Innovation or Invention Award"
Frostfree Nosepumps Ltd. is owned and operated by Jim and Jackie Anderson, who also operate a second generation cattle ranch. The motivation to develop this pump came from the desire to utilize remote pastures and alternative winter feeding sites and to protect riparian areas. They are enthused to share this useful tool with other producers