Start date: September 2016
End date: March 2017
Adequate, good quality drinking water is a precious resource and essential for meeting welfare legislation and achieving optimum physical performance.
This AHDB Pork-funded project aims to collate information on how best to test, maintain and clean waterlines, as well as highlight considerations when using water as a delivery vehicle for medication.
The specific aims are to:
- Establish the range of water quality on a cross section of pig farms in England
- Establish guidelines for drinking water quality for pigs
- Advise on the most effective ways of cleaning water (both indoors and outdoors), depending on relative contamination and setup
- Advise on what to consider when setting up water systems in new and existing buildings
- Highlight considerations when medicating through waterlines, to target antimicrobials and vaccines.
This work will be the start of a longer programme of activity, with the final report and associated pig clubs expected in spring 2017. We are working with Raft Solutions Ltd to deliver this project. RAFT was established in 2010 and their team of vets, technicians and project managers work across the industry to develop innovative research and bring high quality, practical input and advice to help the livestock industry.
- Water Supply factsheet
- Tips on saving a precious resource factsheet
- Monitoring water consumption to assist health management factsheet
- Water, soil and air (online resources)
- Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of livestock
Video: Sue Rabbich, Environment & Buildings Project Manager, tells us about AHDB’s water sampling project from a farm near Glastonbury.