The importance of water for pigs

The importance of water for pigs

For good growth and production, pigs require access to good quality drinking water. Water plays an important role in body processes:

regulating body temperature, transporting nutrients around the body, removing toxins and helps with filtration aiding digestion lubricating and protecting the body’s organs.

Water consumption by pigs

At birth, a piglet’s body is 80% water, compared to 50% in a finisher. Pigs need to maintain these levels by consuming water in their feed or by drinking water. It has been reported that for finisher pigs when ambient temperature increases from 10°C to 25°C water consumption is increased from 2.2 to 4.2 litres per day (L/day). This is a significant increase in the volume of water being consumed and therefore the water systems and drinkers need to be able to meet this demand.

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