After only a few short months out on the market, Consort area rancher Lee Smith’s The Water Box™ invention has received its first award – the Award of Distinction for Innovation from the Alberta Farm Animal Care Council.
He received the award March 9, feeling humbled.
“I felt pretty good there. I didn’t know it was that good of a design,” he laughed.
“Well, I knew it was good for myself and I had a really good response from everybody else so to be recognized for it was really good. It’s for animal care. It makes me look after my cattle a lot better too.”
Much like an episode of Dragon’s Den, Smith’s ‘There must be a better way’ moment came after noticing the tedious and strenuous work of chopping water holes in the winter.
He found that only a certain demographic could keep up with this routine.
His parents were approaching their 80s and were still ranching but couldn’t continue chopping.
“Mostly because it was designed and the purpose of it was to help people and cattle out to have water available and take the load off the everyday strain whether you are old or young. That’s how I came up with it anyways,” he said.
“Not everybody wants their cows in the yard early in the fall either so it’s about using your grass up and your water and your fields and still providing water for them where you don’t have to haul it or go look after it or go build something else with electricity. This is cow powered.”
The Water Box™, a patent-pending product, has helped solve this problem and has sold out four times in its first introduction to the marketplace.
The box is portable and can be pushed into shallow moving water which can be accessed from shore.
Since December, Smith has sold approximately 100 to date all over Canada and is now back into production mode to get more out of the door.
From 10 years of development