Rainwater Harvesting for Livestock

Rainwater Harvesting for livestock is a way of collecting stormwater from barns and other structures and cleanly redirecting the water for livestock to drink. Rainwater harvesting for livestock also includes keeping rainwater from being polluted by slaughterhouse pollution.

Harvesting rainwater for livestockA major rational for reason to use common sense is simple. In a water shortage, the animals are going to get drinking water after people. People need nutrients from animals flesh as a food source, and the animals also cannot grow without water. Since the majority of people are carnivores (people who need meat to survive) common sense with regard to water supply distribution that includes livestock applies.

To meet the demand for water for both humans and various animals living with them as food source livestock, large rainwater catchment areas need to be constructed. In some places in the world large catchments are many in smooth rock areas. Rocks like granite are used as giant basins to hold the rainwater. Which in some way is a man made lake or pool. There is no dirt in the catchment so these granite catchments fit the pool model better.

In some regions of the world, rainwater harvesting for livestock and people was practiced for hundreds if not thousands of years. With last century modernization many of these practices were abandoned; only to find out now that these practices are essential to a regions autonomous survival.

So in order to not be negative burden on the governances of these regions it has been found that returning to older rainwater reclamation practices is the ideal best course of action. Or as some would put it: this return to traditional time honored water collection fits the model of best practices for these regions. And trump modern designs on commercial irrigation, for practical supply cannot meet demand reasons.

This model, (way of thinking about meeting the need), is in contrast to commercial interests in generating profit, (making an easy lazy buck), from having people and livestock resource dependant on the commercial enterprises dead lock with government backing to monopolize the supply of clean water.

But commercial water works have failed in these areas were these corporations are simply too small, and powerless to meet the demand. And Mother Nature is out bidding these corporations for the business of large populations of people, and their livestock, for whom well water has run dry do to (in part) corporate greed depleting the ground water supply.

This is exactly a case where one corporate hand does not know what the other is doing. If one company is in charge of well water, and the other company is in charge of development and building. One could tell the other all day long that water needs to be replenished via permeable ground. But if various laws around the world overly protect shareholders rights above what is best for the environment; then there is a system set in place that cannot show profitability long term for the shareholders because the company did not follow common sense.

Simply put: trading the not so distant long term benefit of everyone, (including financial shareholders); for short term, (measured in decades or a century) profit of just the shareholder who are unaware that they have mortgaged their descendants water supply.

So in an effort to protect the stock value for the share holder, (which is a noble idea in and of itself), the practice lacked the vision to see the needs of the market base long term, and as a secondary result misses the bench mark necessary to diversify in ways that actually benefit the shareholder from benefiting the shareholder (stakeholder) too.

The difference in these models is simple returning to a practical technology based on the idea that the members of the community are the actual shareholders in the profit they can gain from a better life. Water was/ and now is collected with the benefit of these people in mind. This is done either individually of as a community to harvest rainwater for themselves and their livestock.

Techincal publication for those interested in understanding safe drinking water practices for their livestock:
Rainwater Harvesting for Livestock – Texas Water Resources Institute of Texas Cooperative Extension

Contributed by David Allison


Posted in Methods by Administrator on September 16, 2008.

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