Factors influencing water temperature on farms and the effect of warm drinking water on pig growth

Banhazi, T. and Rutley, D. (2013) Factors influencing water temperature on farms and the effect of warm drinking water on pig growth. In: Livestock housing: modern management to ensure optimal health and welfare of farm animals. Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen, Netherlands, pp. 147-159. ISBN 978-90-8686-217-7

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Drinking water temperature was measured continuously for one year on 22 pig farms in South Australia (SA) and Queensland (QLD) and data were collected on major housing features and management factors employed in individual piggery buildings. The data collected enabled the likely effects of housing and management factors on resulting water temperature to be quantified and the industry to be made aware of the importance of providing drinking water within temperature range for efficient pig production and welfare. The data collected identified statistically significant housing and management factors associated with and contributing to suboptimal water temperature as seasons (P=0.0001), source of water (P=0.0001), position of piping (P=0.003), water pressure (P=0.042), size of in-shed water reservoir (P=0.0001) and diameter of the main (P=0.0001) and delivery pipes (P =0.0001). A controlled experiment was also conducted to complement these findings by quantifying the negative effect of sub-optimal (warm) drinking water temperature on pig growth rate. Two identical weaner rooms were selected for the on farm study. Genetics, nutrition, management, stocking rate and density were identical for both groups. Pigs in the treatment group received water heated to 28.3±OA °C while the control group received unheated water at 17.8±0.9 dc. Growth rate was suppressed by 58 grams/day in the group receiving the heated water. These results demonstrate the negative effect of warm water temperature on pig production and highlight potential ways of reducing the likelihood of providing warm drinking water to livestock.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Wageningen Academic Publishers 2013. This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2013 02:33
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2016 01:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: management; drinking water; thermal environment; temperature; growth rate; pigs
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0702 Animal Production > 070203 Animal Management
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0702 Animal Production > 070207 Humane Animal Treatment
06 Biological Sciences > 0606 Physiology > 060602 Animal Physiology - Cell
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970107 Expanding Knowledge in the Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.3920/978-90-8686-771-4_07
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23873

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