Looks as if all had nice time for Christmas! Always good when 'old man winter' cooperates for the Holy Days! Cows grazing thru the winter is such a blessing that it somewhat evens up the time spent keeping the water available. If someone would invent a really effective overflow valve that didn't plug up at the slightest excuse (such as a minute amount of dry grass stuck in it!) life of we whose cattle hopefully graze thru the winter could be far less stressful!
Our worst dilemma involving cleaning out an over-flow did occur during summer, tho. The elder cowboy on the ranch reached in the 3" pipe to remove a wad of hay and was 'stung' by what he assumed was an insect....until he started having strange symptoms, such as numbness of hands. Turned out it was a rattlesnake! Only one fang connected, which was fortunate, as it was a young one and they cannot 'meter' the amount, but give it all the venom at once, which is far more serious than the dose of an adult rattler. Fortunately, it was treated early enough to have no lasting effects, and only a couple days in the hospital.