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blonde Senior Member
edited March 2012 in Vets and Producers
What types of pig drinkers are available for pigs to drink from and which is the best?

How much waste is there for the various methods of extracting water from a pipe and can this be minimised. Water is not a free commodity and water wastage is huge in a piggery.

Does any body have any ideas on how to curb this wastage?

Comments

  • rootsafrica Senior Member
    edited October 2008
    Its an interesting topic and one with considerable financial implications - not only through water use/wasteage, but any change to a current system may prove costly... I have seen many impressive systems, lots of different types of nipples and trough drinkers, but sometimes the simplest is the best. Its important to ensure the correct flow rates and drinker heights for pig comfort. I think the most efficient I have seen is the drinking bowl type where excess water is caught in a bowl surrounding, the pig can release the nipple and continue to drink. The Arato V drinker advertised on thepigsite claims improved efficiency but I have no experience with it, nor do I see just where the efficiency comes from, so can't comment...
  • PorkOz Junior Member
    edited October 2008
    Water bowls with nipples inside have been found to cut water wastage by up to 40%. These are a very effective way of providing water efficiently to pigs. Many companies make these through Europe and Asia.

    Ball-type nipples are the in between improvement from bite nipples to water bowls. However pigs can still play with them.
  • Chunky Senior Member
    edited October 2008
    Best nipple drinker available is made by "Arato" costs more but very little waste when set correctly. Far cleaner than bowls, better than cheapo bite drinkers.
  • sendapeter Junior Member
    edited March 2012
    blonde said:
    What types of pig drinkers are available for pigs to drink from and which is the best?

    How much waste is there for the various methods of extracting water from a pipe and can this be minimised. Water is not a free commodity and water wastage is huge in a piggery.

    Does any body have any ideas on how to curb this wastage?
    Hi sir

    This is Peter, We could supply pig drinkers for your pig farm. please email me [email]sendapeter001@yahoo.com[/email]. I will tell you how to do that
  • I8IggyI8Iggy Senior Member
    edited March 2012
    For son's show pigs, we took an 8" water pipe and cut it 5' tall, capped both ends. The bottom we used pvc glue and the top we used valsoine to keep it from sticking, so we can remove the top cap to fill as needed

    drilled a hole to fit a pig nipple about 2" from the top of the bottom cap

    then drilled several small holes to allow air in when pigs are drinking

    depending on set up at the show we either use several bunngie cords or if we are staying a week we use some claps that came from Hubby's work shop

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