Pig producers can save $4.50 USD simply by reducing drinking-water waste, wrote Ken Engele of Canada’s Prairie Swine Centre.
Recent research showed that using a water bowl with side panel versus a nipple drinker could save producers up to $4.50 per pig marketed, mostly due to reduced water wastage.
“The water bowl with side panel will reduce water wastage up to 40 percent and subsequently you’re producing less water waste and subsequently that doesn’t need to be pumped out through manure disposal,” Engele wrote.
“Our engineering group has found that the water bowl with side panel will reduce water wastage up to 40%. This means you’re producing less waste water that doesn’t need to be pumped out through manure disposal.”
Utility savings can also be realized by monitoring nipple heights and flow rates in pens, reports ThePigSite.
Engele suggests that before putting pigs into a new room, workers should test the water to make sure it’s clean, properly adjust nipple heights for pig size and ensure flow rates are running 500 to 1,000 milliliters per minute.