Reducing Water Consumption in Swine Barns: Alternatives for Animal Drinking and Barn Cleaning
Evaluation of selected water conservation measures involving drinkers and different cleaning procedures revealed that 60% reduction in water wastage was achieved with a drinking trough (with side panel and constant water level) to nipple drinkers. The use of conventional nozzle for pressure washing led to reduced time and water consumption during cleaning. Cost analysis of the different measures showed reduction in water wastage achieved by a drinking trough translated to about $4.76/pig savings or 29% reduction in total costs associated with water use when compared to a nipple drinker.
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