Water Concerns And Strategies To Deciphering Them In Commercial Pig Production - A Review
Volume 4 - Issue 3, March 2020 Edition
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Johnson, N. C., Iorliam, B
Production, Strategies, Swine and Water Quality
Water is one of the fundamental nutrients required for the optimization of swine production. Water plays very important functions in the life of the pig. Pig does not just require water but good quality water as to be able to perform optimally. In most swine production areas access to good quality water is increasingly becoming difficult. Poor quality water impedes performance and health of the pig. Poor quality water leads to excessive water consumption resulting in difficulties in manure management principally due to increased slurry volume. Mineral ionization and solubility are also the problems leading to the formation of phytate-mineral-complexes which is the leading cause of high levels of minerals in the pig manure. This also compromises the pig health/welfare and causing eutrophication. This review focuses on water concerns experienced on pig farms and provides the means of managing them.
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