Wednesday, June 8, 2011


These waterers remind me of those big McDonald's thermoses from elementary school. Yet they're not filled with some orange drink, they're Ritchie cattle waterers.

By looking at that site, I just learned Thomas Ritchie patented the first automatic waterer device in 1921 ... way to go, Thomas. Apparently still wildly popular.

It's always full of water. If a calf drinks enough out of it at one time, there's a valve that opens up and it automatically fills back up. It's also heated, so that when it freezes outside, the cattle's water never freezes over.

So, this is the new barn. Piece by piece, it's getting put together - and looks good! I hope the calves like it ... McDonald's and Ritchie obviously know what they're doing.

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