Livestock watering system wins innovation award

The Water Box provides water to livestock throughout the winter without having to constantly chop holes in the ice.

Consort-area rancher Lee Smith has won the Award of Distinction for Innovation from Alberta Farm Animal Care.

The Water Box ( can be inserted through the ice at shallow depths of water that is flowing. Cattle can access water by lifting a lever with their nose and there’s also a mineral tub insert so it can be used in warmer months.

Lee said he developed the low-maintenance unit over the past decade.

Cattle feeder Kendra Donnelly won the award for industry leadership for her efforts in promoting animal welfare and for service to industry associations.

Chatsworth Farm won the communication award for using social media to promote agricultural interests and stories, including virtual farm tours conducted by Charlotte Wasylik. 

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