Water quality and quantity

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Adequate, good quality drinking water is a precious resource and essential for meeting welfare legislation and achieving optimum physical performance.  

Designing a water supply system for livestock

Designing a water supply system for livestock'Designing a water supply system for livestock' covers a variety of issues that you should consider when designing a water supply system. These include infrastructure, cleaning and in-water medication, as well as the design of distribution and drinking systems. The guide includes standard values and calculations, which are a basis for ensuring that water is distributed safely, at flow rates and pressures that deliver volumes to satisfy the demand from livestock.

Optimising the use of antimicrobials is a report written by RAFT Solutions Ltd. and includes information on how best to test, maintain and clean waterlines, as well as highlighting considerations when using water as a delivery vehicle for medication. 

It includes:

  • Guidelines for drinking water quality for pigs
  • Advice on the most effective ways of cleaning water (both indoors and outdoors), depending on relative contamination and setup
  • Advice on what to consider when setting up water systems in new and existing buildings
  • Considerations when medicating through waterlines, to target antimicrobials and vaccines.

Download report: Optimising the Use of Antimicrobials – Preparing the industry for in-water delivery in the short term and improving hygiene and more effectively targeting medication in the longer term

Webinar: Health and antibiotics, keeping the balance (Part 2: Water)

During this webinar, we heard from Nigel Penlington (AHDB) and Mark Jagger (Tulip). Nigel and Mark spoke about the importance of water supply, water quality and the practical approach, and looked at how BQP/Tulip moved from in-feed medication to in-water medication.

Further resources

Cleaning a water system and choosing organic acids for pigs

Video: Find out about AHDB’s water sampling project from a farm near Glastonbury.


Webinar: Being clear about water, correcting poor water provision on farm