Keith and Terri Duescher, of Duescher’s Legendairy Farm in Kewaunee County, Wis., believe the availability of fresh water is a key element in achieving high milk production. To promote water consumption, they installed an 80-foot waterer in the return lane of their milking parlor.

The waterer, constructed in two sections — each 40 feet in length and joined with a coupler — is made from 18-inch PVC pipe with the top section cut out for drinking. The Dueschers installed the waterer along the sidewall of the 14-feet wide breezeway. Posts holding the waterer were poured in a concrete base, measuring 12 inches high and 30 inches wide. Cows drink at a height of 3 feet from the floor. Between the posts, cross-pieces were welded in for added support.

Total cost for the two troughs was $3,000, including building materials, floats and construction.