- Strong, tough and durable.
- Low cost.
- Difficult for sheep or goats to tip over.
- They stack inside each other for easy movement and storage--up to 10 PortaTroughs per stack.
- Both lengths (34 in. and 60 in.) are easy to stack and carry on ATVs.
- Side hole allows trough to be inverted with a toe to tip out water or ice.
- Won't break if water freezes in it, due to the rounded inner base.
- Deliverable by UPS/ FedEx, etc.
Do sheep or goats upset them? Sheep--rarely. Goats with horns can hook the side opening and upset them.
Can animals step in them? The inner base is round and slick so sheep and goats dislike stepping in them unless forced by others to do so.
Do they fill up with water? Yes, unless you drill a hole in them. After a rain they must be emptied before use. The side hole allows a trough to be easily overturned by toe or hand.
What happens when ice forms in the troughs? The rounded inner trough allows ice to expand upward as it freezes. To remove, roll them over and tap them on the bottom.
Do PortaTroughs freeze down into mud? Yes. A quick jar on the side with the heel of a boot usually frees them.
Are they unbreakable? They don't break easily but like most things they are breakable. For example, driving over them with tractors will break them--though ATVs rarely do. Cattle and horses do them "no good." And age eventually makes most things, including PortaTroughs, less resilient to impact.