Water Management


STRATEGIES TO REDUCE WATER WASTAGE

In an effort to reduce water wastage in swine barns, two strategies were evaluated. Both of these strategies stem from research projects carried out by Bernardo Predicala’s research team at the Prairie Swine Center (Saskatchewan).1

The first strategy, described in this article (link), presents the results of a trial conducted in a nursery barn in Quebec under the supervision of the Centre de développement du porc du Québec. In this test, water bowls were found to be a valuable alternative to the use of a nipple drinkers. On a larger scale, a significant reduction in manure output is expected.

The second strategy, presented in this article (link), reports the results of a trial conducted in a finishing barn in Saskatchewan. This trial, which was conducted under the supervision of the Prairie Swine Center, has shown that, in an effort to reduce water wastage in the finishing phase, the addition of troughs with side panels to nipple drinkers is an advantageous alternative to the use of conventional nipple drinkers. On a larger scale, a significant reduction in manure output is also to be expected.

Alvarado, A.C., Predicala, B.Z. and Y. Jin 2012. Developing strategies for water conservation in swine production operations. Advances in Pork Production, Vol. 23.

Acknowledgments
This project was funded by Swine Innovation Porc within the Swine Cluster 2: Driving Results Through Innovation research program. Funding was provided by Agriculture and Agri‐Food Canada through the AgriInnovation Program, provincial producer organizations and industry partners.

We would also like to thank Mr. Sylvain Pomerleau from Ferme Pomerleau et frères for his participation in the trial conducted in Quebec, as well as Fast Genetics in Spiritwood, SK for the trial conducted in Saskatchewan.