Using square metal tubing rather than curved steel pipe, Anthony Vierra dairy & Farms in Hilmar, Calif., has achieved good uniformity in cow-cooling. Soaker nozzles mounted on the square tubing send out water, hitting all of the cows right behind the shoulders.
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“It just requires a welder who can weld watertight joints and a plumber who can take round control fittings and convert (them) to square,” he says.
But, he adds, the uniformity of wetting the cows’ backs is not a function of pipe shape, but rather nozzle orientation and nozzle spacing.
Obviously, the Vierra farm has sweated the details and made sure the cows get a good shot of cooling water. It has become a priority.