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Jug Waterer

The JUG is a heavily insulated, tough, livestock waterer that provides clean, cool water to your animals. It is well suited for herbivores of all sizes. The open-bowl design makes it easy to use by young sheep, goats, calves and foals, yet rugged enough for use by mature cattle, horses, bison, and elk. There are no balls, lids, or flaps for animals to move out of the way.

The unique draw tube works like a giant straw - the animal uses its normal method of drinking by placing its muzzle over the opening in the drinking bowl and sucking up the water, just as it would drink from a natural water hole. The draw tube is attached to a feed trap that prevents feed debris that falls off of the animals' mouths from entering the reservoir, keeping the water in the tank exceptionally clean. An external adjustment screw allows you to easily raise or lower the water level in the drinking bowl.

Designed for clean, clean water: JUG water is clean. No more smelly water from heavy bacterial growth. The draw tube is attached to the drinking bowl with a feed trap (see above) which keeps feed debris that falls from the animal's mouth from dropping into the reservoir. Besides sucking up water, the animal draws up any accumulated debris in the trap and bowl areas, providing further assurance of cleanliness. With the JUG waterer, you will not have the usual slime problem. Additionally, of course, no algae will grow in the JUG since it is a light-tight waterer. The bowl is sealed with Weather Seal.


– Open bowl design
– Draw Tube for natural drinking action
– Drain plug for easy cleaning
– High capacity anti siphon float valve
– Sledge hammer tough, rotationally molded plastic construction
– Inspection cover for easy access to valve
– External Adjustment Screw for water level adjustment
– One, two, and four bowl models available
– Energy-Free models for warmer climates
– Energy-Efficient models for cold, cold winters

Available in 3 Sizes

The JUG is available in 3 sizes - 1 bowl, 2 bowl, or 4 bowl.


– Clean, clean, clean
– Low energy use
– No balls, lids, flaps, or discs for animals to move
– Animals drink naturally and adapt quickly
– Feed trap design keeps food debris out of the tank
– Stays open even through the coldest winters
– Many options and accessories to suit your needs
– Perfect for the littlest lamb or the biggest bull

1 bowl, 7 gallons, 45 lbs
26″ long x 21″ wide x 23″ high

2 bowl, 14 gallons, 72 lbs
42″ long x 21″ wide x 23″ high

4 bowl, 44 gallons, 125 lbs
40″ long x 38″ wide x 24″ high

Acclimating Animals to the JUG

With the JUG, animals can see and smell clean water. They do not have to learn to lift flaps or push balls and floats out of the way to get a drink, but they do have to know where the water is located. To this end, the JUG has an external adjustment screw (simply turn the screw with a coin) - there is no lid to remove - which allows you to raise the water level in the drinking bowl. When the animals know the JUG is their drinking station, return the water to its lower operating level to minimize the amount of water exposed to the weather. An internal, pilot-operated float valve automatically keeps the water at the determined level.

Thermal energy, Supplemented with Electric

The draw tube is really three tubes: two copper and one CPVC. As the water gets cold in the drinking bowl, it becomes heavier and sinks down the CPVC tube, forcing the warm tank water up the copper tubes into the drinking bowl. This keeps the water in the bowl from freezing by slowly circulating it and replenishing it with warm water. In addition, the copper tubes are designed with a large surface area in the trap. Since copper is an excellent conductor of heat, heat is transferred from tank water to the trap area through the copper tube walls. One copper tube conducts sufficient heat to keep water from freezing in the bowl, but we have in two for safety.

The JUG will operate energy free with a minimum number of animals drinking from it. The Energy Efficient (with heat) units work fine no matter how many or few animals you have drinking from the JUG. A small 65-watt heater is used to make the JUG energy-efficient. In either case, it is primarily thermal energy, not electrical energy, keeping the water fresh and at a constant temperature, summer and winter. In 1993-94, an electrical consumption test was conducted at Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar, Iowa. This, in the end, was the third coldest winter in recorded Iowa history. The JUG used 108 Kw-hrs for the 120 day trial. At 8 cents/Kw-hr, it used only $8.64 of electricity.

The JUG is super-insulated with urethane foam to conserve heat loss, but the middle of the bowl area is left free of insulation so the internal heat will melt away ice that could form on the exterior from sloppy drinking. The Jug is very reliable in extreme cold and wind chills. It's like a Thermos jug.

External Drain Plug

The external drain plug makes it easy to drain water from the JUG tank. The JUG's design keeps the water free from feed or hay, but most water has iron bacteria which will leave a residue in the tank over time. It is, therefore, wise to drain the tank periodically. We recommend once a year, in the fall, when you check the heater and thermostat prior to the on set of cold weather.

Inspection Cover

The JUG has an inspection cover that can be easily removed for inspection and service to the float valve. Milk inspectors requested that we provide this so they can easily check to see if the JUG is meeting requirements.

Energy-Free Installations Using Earth Tubes

The energy-free JUG uses energy from ground water (45° to 55° F) if the supply line is buried at least 18`` to 24`` below the frost line and from a heat well to prevent freezing of water in the tank and bowl. The JUG is super-insulated and has very little heat loss. When an animal drinks, the water in the JUG is replenished by the warm ground water. In addition, when using an insulated earth tube and an uninsulated earth tube, a heat well is formed which supplies additional energy from the ground. The insulated earth tube extends below the frost line which prevents heat loss to the frozen ground in winter.

Energy-Efficient Installation

The Energy-efficient JUG is the model of choice if there are fewer than the recommended minimum number of animals drinking, or if you live in an area where long cold winter storms can cause prolonged periods of non-drinking by the animals. The small, low-wattage heater provides ``insurance``.

JUG Product History

The JUG waterers were designed by Wayne Noland of Carlisle, Iowa. In 1990, the family company was sold to Bill Edstrom, who later moved production to Wisconsin, and it became a part of Edstrom Industries, Inc. Bakko Industries, Inc. purchased the agricultural watering product lines from Edstrom Industries in 2005, and production has since moved to Glenwood, Minnesota.

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