Quality Water = Quality Pigs

A bit of an opposite thing happens with swine than does with other stock on our farms.  When given poor quality water, pigs drink excess water, which in turn increases slurry volume.  This is undesirable because it adds to the growing concern of manure disposal within the livestock industry and increases the cost of applying manure on the land.  Furthermore, because animals must excrete any excess water consumed, their performance can suffer as energy, which could otherwise be used for growth or production, is expended on water excretion.”

1. Animal Health

Often called “the forgotten nutrient”, water can easily be overlooked when evaluating farm operations.  But water plays a key role in many chemical reactions and vital functions in the body.  Since at birth, a piglets body is 80% water (compared to 50% in a finisher), paying attention to this crucial nutrient is important for success especially at early growth stages.

2. Quality over Quantity

Poor water quality may encourage excessive water usage, which in turns creates manure handling and disposal problems as a result of increased slurry volume.

3. Fewer Antibiotics

Removing the bacteria from drinking water can reduce or possibly eliminate the need for antibiotics.  With growing public concern over the use of antibiotics and their residual left in waste, decreasing your use of antibiotics is beneficial for perception as well as your bottom line.
Ozone water treatment helps swine

Swine Production Research Center

Welcome to the Water4Swine research center. We have compiled below links to academic research showing the benefits of clean water for your swine operation.

Water Quality Issues and Pork Production

Dr. John Patience Website – Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Water: The Forgotten Nutrient in Pigs

Susan Dawson, Veterinarian Website – Western Australia Department of Agriculture and Food

Water Quality Issues and Pork Production

Greg Simpson, Ontario Ministry of Food and Rural Affairs website – The Pig Site

Water in Swine Production: a Review of its Significance and Conservation Strategies

Martin Myachoti, Elijah Kiarie, University of Manitoba Website – The Pig Site

Treatment of Drinking Water:  An Opportunity for Better Results in Swine Production

Luc Ledoux, Belgium Website – The Pig Site

Water Quality and Pig Performance

Daphne Peer, Wayne Merit – Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs website – FACT Sheet

Oxygen-Ozone Activity Making Factory Farms Antibiotic-Free for Prevention of Antibiotic Resistance

Luigi Valdenassi, Marianno Franzini, Pierpaolo Garbelli, Manuele Camolese Website – Ozone Therapy