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Aquamat Pasture Pump

Planning for GLAS?

Under the current GLAS scheme, farmers can benefit financially from protecting their watercourses. One way in which rivers can be protected from livestock is by using an Aquamat Pasture pump. This pump, which is available from O’ Donovan Engineering, allows cattle to be completely fenced away from streams, lakes and ponds while allowing them access to fresh water at all times.

The Aquamat pasture pump which is suitable for 10 - 15 animals

The Aquamat pasture pump which is suitable for 10 – 15 animals

How does it work?

The Aquamat, which is a nose pump operated by cattle, pumps water up to 70m (229?) length or a depth of 7 meters (23?). As the animals drink from the bowl they push against a lever which pumps water from the stream. Livestock learn almost immediately how to operate the pump and each one is suitable for 10 – 15 animals. O Donovan Engineering, who have been supplying La Buvette watering solutions for over 25 years, are getting a lot of interest in the pasture pump which is covered by Tier 3 of the GLAS scheme “Protection of Watercourses from Bovines”. The first tranche of the scheme is now closed and the Minister is expected to open a second tranche in September 2015.

What are the benefits?

Sales Director at the Cork firm Dermot Donovan outlines the benefits; “The Aquamat delivers a practical solution to enable farmers and land managers to reduce diffuse water pollution from agriculture to protect water bodies and the environment. We are living in a world that is increasingly concerned with the environment and this is a simple way in which we can make a positive impact. In addition to this many farmers have reported that fencing their livestock away from streams allows for improved livestock management”

Dermot Donovan getting stuck in giving a demonstration of how the Pasture Pump Works

Dermot Donovan getting stuck in giving a demonstration on how the Aquamaat workd


IRD Duhallow LIFE +

IRD Duhallow, a group which has brought over €40m in European and National Funding to the Duhallow region, have been working with O’ Donovan Engineering over the last year. They have installed a large number of Aquamat pumps as part of their LIFE + project in the protection of the freshwater pearl muscle on the river Blackwater. The project has also seen the installation of solar powered pump troughs which are part of the La Buvette range of watering solutions.

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Ciaran Murphy of IRD Duhallow with the Aquamat Pasture Pump

Find out more:

The full La Buvette range is available from O’ Donovan Engineering, Co. Cork, see the full range here and see for further details on the GLAS scheme

6 Responses to Aquamat Pasture Pump

  1. john regan August 11, 2015 at 9:26 pm #

    how many suckling cows will one pump supply, also do you stock the new type pasture where the calf can also drink with the mother

    • August 12, 2015 at 8:34 am #

      Hi John, this pump can supply up to 10 – 15 cows. Yes there is a side bowl version available also for nursing cows. for any further queries contact us on 021 7334066

  2. John Murphy July 23, 2016 at 9:38 am #

    Please forward cost of nose pump inc VAT

  3. Pearse O 'Looney May 2, 2018 at 10:38 pm #

    Hi, can the nose pump, pump water from an 8″ deep water pond .I have a spring on my land which forms into a pond and was wondering if the pump would work from the pond. It wouldn’t have to pump the water far I could place the nose pump down hill away from the pond if it would work


    • O'Donovan Engineering May 3, 2018 at 9:17 am #

      Hi Pearse, that is perfect conditions for our Aquamat Pasture Pump, pasture pump can pump 7m in depth so 8ft is no problem.

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