It is best that before you commence construction of a dam that youdDecide how much water you need. Water requirements vary considerably depending on crop type, geographic location, type of stock and stock numbers. You also need to decide whether to build one large dam or spread your risk amongst several smaller dams.
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The type of soil at the site is a critical part of determining whether the dam will eventually hold water. In particular the embankment must be structurally stable and able to hold water. This means that the soil used to build the embankment must also be structurally stable or impermeable and preferably both.
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Everyone with a front-end loader on their farm tractor fancies their chances of successfully building their own farm dams. Hopefully this thought persists for only a few fleeting moments before common sense kicks in. Dam building is a specialised skill and most failed dams I have observed are the result of impulsive action by . . . → Read More: Who should build your dam?
When you look at the scattering of farm dams across most rural properties in Australia, you begin to realise how much water in total is stored in these structures and how vital they are to farming systems in both Australia and to a lesser extent in New Zealand.
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