How much water do pigs need?
Estimated water requirements of swine.
As a general rule: Pigs will consume 1.5 to 2 times more water than feed.
Pigs lose water through four routes:
1. Kidneys (urination),
2. Intestines (defecation),
3. Lungs (respiration) and some through
4. Evaporation (skin- sweat glands are largely dormant).
Therefore, pigs must consume enough water to balance the amount of water lost.
Care must be taken when determining water requirements for pigs, because true water usage is generally overestimated.
Wastage is generally not taken into account, therefore realize there is a difference between water consumption and water disappearance (animal intake and waste).
Don’t ignore water
A poor water supply can lead to:
Water is absolutely crucial. If they don’t drink enough water they won’t eat sufficient feed, which impacts on the welfare and productivity of the pig.
If pigs are deprived of water altogether (e.g. if water supply is inadvertently turned off), they will die within a few days. The first signs of water deprivation (so-called ‘salt poisoning’) are thirst and constipation, followed by intermittent convulsions.
Before you buy a pig or piglets
One (simple) Golden Rule is to check their water supply.
If the breeder don’t drink the water, be careful…
On Vero Pig Farm we have both shallow well and deep well
And YES we all drink the same water..!
Pigs at Vero Pig Farm
- We guarantee you, healthy and happy piglets
- Our pigs have nice and clean pig houses
- VPF is surrounded by amazing nature and fresh air
- We feed our sows and piglets with the best nutritional food.
- We supply our pigs with clean and healthy water from our deep well
- Vaccination and medication for all our sows and piglets.
- CCTV, GSD guards, we keep track of what is happening at the farm 24/7