Agricultural Water Management
Agrismart has developed a complete agricultural water management solution as an alternative to mains water. With the effects of climate change and increased demand both affecting water availability and driving up costs, Agrismart has developed a complete alternative to mains.
Agrismart is keen to cut farm inputs, improve efficiency and increase profits. As well as providing sustainability, self-sufficiency & freedom from mains water supply, which also supports the issue of water shortage.
To ensure your agricultural water management system has the optimum water quality and prevent bacterial infection building up in water tanks, pipework, and water troughs water treatment is an important factor to combat poor water quality, which causes a prevalence of disease and also affects milk and meat production.
Agrismart recommends water treatment as a key factor of our agricultural water management, it also increases yields and reduces mortality. We can add water treatment to all water sources i.e. borehole, streams, springs and surface water, they all carry the same potential problem both mineral and bacterial amongst others. In terms of bacteria, we can focus on microbes such as e.coli, giardia, crypto, etc.
The question is why are these pathogens a problem?
If we look at livestock in our modern world of intensive farming, our quest is to produce as much “end product” be that eggs, meat, milk or others, for a minimum input of ingredients such as wheat, barley, and others (producing a product which Joe Bloggs can afford) .
It is, therefore, logical to assume that the genetic potential from our livestock cannot be achieved when the digestive process is challenged by competitors to the digestive process by outside influences.
In other words invasive bacteria, in this case, not only challenge the Intestinal track environment but also absorb much of the nutrient content intended for our “end product”.
The first signs of these challenges are manifested in the observance of “scouring”, for example in the livestock fecal matter. Essentially, this is a sign that the food (nutrients) eaten by the stock are transiting through the gut at a greater speed and therefore with less absorbance transfer of food to the body than expected.
This in production terms would be classified as a reduction in FCR (food –conversion-ratio) The amount of input versus the output)
Feed manufacturers, for example, are always the first to “cop the blame” when stock do not grow as well as expected, but is it the fact that the feed is deficient? or is it a case that the animal has not been best placed to maximise the nutrients offered?
It’s clear that invasive bacteria cause a reduction in performance or the inability to achieve maximum genetic potential.
Therefore we need to look at what effect this has on our environment and utilisation of resources.
First.. Humans are competing for the same grain that we use in our livestock rations, we need it for bread and thousands of other everyday foods. Farmers use it to produce eggs and many more products derived from livestock. If we can maximise the conversion of grain to eggs (or whatever) we reduce the grain we need to produce the “end product” leaving perhaps more grain (at a reasonable price) to produce for example bread. We all win!
Utilising rainwater is clearly an advance on the cost reduction of producing this end product.
Saving the water that falls from the sky into storage and then treating this to a high standard gives huge cost reductions on mains water as well as the benefits of rain over mains ie livestock are drawn to rain over mains in troughs and are more than happy to drink this over a mains fed system, it’s free from the sky per cubic meter.
Agricultural Water Management with Water Treatment
Rainwater harvesting systems traditionally have a payback of 2/6years on average but adding the water treatment aspect into this allows for the rain to be collected at full yield and storage, this payback is coming to 12 months or less and is over 75% self-sustainable source of water on mains use and in some cases could not rely on mains at all!!
Not only do we need to state what it costs to collect and treat the rainwater (against that of mains water and its poor relevance to production) but also what “stress relief” we are removing from the draw on our declining water reservoir.
The effect of eliminating potential invasive bacteria into and animals gut is clear, so, we have the system to take what comes down from the sky (with whatever contaminants it might contain, capture it, treat it, store it and then reuse it far more effectively than any municipal water company can provide “mains water”.
The effects of our system not only removes the use of chlorine, and its toxic by-products, but also all the impurities from the atmosphere mentioned in many scientific reports, which allows the water we produce to have zero pathogens eliminating the challenges we have mentioned on the stocks “genetic potential” whilst being environmentally sound and safe, but also eliminating many of the reasons for the need to use antibiotics.
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Agrismart provides Water Management aimed at providing an ROI of around 36 months. Agrismart’s water management is over 75% self-sustainable. Providing an alternative source of water to mains incorporating rainwater harvesting, zero energy pump, water treatment, water storage and water system installation. Providing your agricultural business with a complete agricultural water management solution and alternative to mains water.