Drinkers for free stalls

Drinkers for free stalls

In order to achieve high milk production it is necessary to give cows the opportunity to drink as much water as possible. Dairy cows require 4- 5 liters of water to produce 1 liter of milk. They can cover a part of their demand by eating fodder. On hot summer days  animals may drink up to additional 150 liters of water, depending on their milk production.  On average they drink up to 5 to 8 liters per minute. However when the cows are extremely thirsty they manage to drink up to 25 liters per minute and need occurs for good capacity drinkers for free stalls

Prerequisite of a high milk production level is an optimal water supply system! Dairy cows have a very pronounced sense of taste! Especially among dairy cows, good troughs that do not soil easily and can be quickly cleaned will soon pay off!

Prerequisite of a high milk production level is an optimal water supply system! Dairy cows have a very pronounced sense of taste!

Your water supply equipment will require technology to cover this great demand!

We therefore recommend the installation of one drinking trough for up to 15 – 20 animals in free stalls for dairy cows. The distance  between each of the troughs should not be more than 15 meters.

Please ensure that you allow the animals in each group to have access to at least 2 drinking troughs. For dairy cows we recommend the installation of SUEVIA high-capacity troughs. These will give the animals the opportunity to drink water quickly and in large quantities. In many stalls a combination of space-saving valve troughs and large, voluminous  troughs is very reasonable and recommended.

It is possible to install space saving SUEVIA valve troughs Model 500 and 520 in every free stall for dairy cows. Due to the high-output valve a water supply of up to 30 liters per minute can be achieved. Fodder remnants which are carried into the troughs by the animals, are taken in by the animals again. Due to high water supply and the special trough construction lengthy time-consuming cleaning of the troughs can be reduced to a minimum.

As the water depth is very low, the fodder pieces can not settle and the trough is therefore self-cleaning. Of course these troughs can also be frost-protected! (see ) Our trough drinkers with float valves Model 600 and 620 are preferably installed for animals with anti-suction rings.
These troughs also guarantee a very high water supply of up to 40 liters per minute. When using an additional heating element the trough drinkers can be kept frost-free at low extra cost.


In particular for regions with extremely long and hard winter season SUEVIA developped the ISO-Drinker Model 6620. These compact high-performance drinkers are delivered equipped as standard with an installed heating element and an insulated body. They ensure a sufficient supply in water for your animals even in very frosty conditions.
SUEVIA completed his program with very well insulated high-performance ISO, Thermo Drinkers 2,3 and 4,3 m, which are very versatile in use!
After milking, cows take in up to 30 % of their daily water requirements. As a result it makes sense to offer the animals water in long drinking troughs after having left the milking parlour. Until the herd has settled and arranged their own ranking order again aftermilking, it can be observed that under these circumstances and only in these moments the cows are ready to accept other cows to drink simultaneously out of one trough.

No ice in front of the trough in winter season!

The farmer has then the choice to install SUEVIA quick draining troughs, SUEVIA Thermo trough drinkers or SUEVIA tip-over troughs. The SUEVIA quick drainage troughs, as well as SUEVIA Thermo troughs have a conical and inclined floor and are provided with a large diameter drainage hole. In order to empty or clean the trough the drainage plug is removed: water is directly channelled downwards through drainage tube in a quick way!

The Tip-over troughs are simply cleaned by tipping them over. We distinguish between SUEVIA flat tip-over troughs and SUEVIA tip-over troughs. The SUEVIA flat tip-over troughs have a flat drinking tub. In order to provide a sufficient amount of water to the animals, these troughs are equipped with the high-capacity SUEVIA
MASTERFLOW float-valve, which enables a water supply of up to 40 liters per minute. They are connected to a fixed water pipe.

Tip-over troughs have a deeper tub and compensate lower water flow input with a larger water capacity. Connection to the water supply is made by a flexible connecting pipe. You will find a detailed description of the different frost protection possibilities for each of the SUEVIA trough drinkers in the respective product descriptions.