Location: Grafton WI, USDA Zone 5b, AHS Zone 4, Very Flat, 35", Alkaline Dry Sand and (More) Neutral Wet Clay
posted 4 years ago
Hello everyone, by no means is this urgent, but I do have a question regarding watering animals on VERY flat land such as this. I plan to establish Ben Falk-style silvopasture on our former 8 acre airstrip in six years after I graduate from college (perennial non-disturbance crops on the swale mound with intensive rotational grazing of ruminants and birds trailing behind), which is a great system (no doubt about it, it builds AMAZING soil), but where I have seen it it seems to be in areas where there are steep and big enough slopes to be able to harvest tremendous amounts of water in a upper holding pond. So my question is, is there any way I could gravity feed water for animals on a very flat runway where the highest portion leads to a sudden dropoff and the only place higher than the runway is where horse manure is spread (probably not), or would it be a good idea to use the lowest pond at the "bottom" of the runway and use a solarpump to use this water that otherwise would run off. All inputs are greatly appreciated!
"We never know the worth of water till the well is dry."-Thomas Fuller