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Water Requirements: Cleaning and Maintenance Routines

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Water Requirements: Cleaning & Maintenance Routines

Water Requirements:
Cleaning & Maintenance Routines
Daily Maintenance
1 All drinkers are to be checked daily
2 Recommended Flow Rates:
Type of Pig Pints / Min Litres/ Min
Suckling pig 1 0.3
Weaners 2 0.7
30 kg grower 2.5 1.0
70 kg finisher 3 1.5
Adult 3 - 4 1.5 - 2
Lactating sow: Nipple/bite 3 - 4 1.5 - 2
Lactating sow: Nose drinker 5 2.5
3 Nipple and Bite Drinkers should be:
Weight of Pig (kg) Height to Drinker
< 5.5 4 - 6 " 100 - 130 mm
5.5 - 15 6 - 12 " 130 - 300 mm
15 - 35 12 - 18 " 300 - 460 mm
35 - 45 18 - 24 " 460 - 610 mm
45 - 110 24 - 30 " 610 - 760 mm
110 + 30 - 36 " 760 - 910 mm
4 If any drinker fails to function as above, the drinker must be fixed immediately
5 Number of drinkers:
  • Minimum of two drinking points per group of pigs
  • There should be one nipple or bite drinker for every 10 pigs
  • For each trough drinker
    • 300mm (12") per 40 pigs of 15 kg
    • 300mm (12") per 30 pigs of 35 kg
    • 300mm (12") per 25 pigs of 90 kg
  • For each bowl drinker up to 16 finishing pigs
  • One turkey drinker to 40 weaners
Cleaning
1 Troughs and bowls should be thoroughly cleaned between each batch of pigs.
2 Header tanks should always have covers
Other drinkers at least twice a year. All in / all out must also include the water supply
3 Tie up the ball cock in the header tank
4 Remove the drinker furthest from the header tank and drain the system
5 Remove each drinker and thoroughly clean and ensure they are functional
6 If necessary pressure wash inside the pipe line to move sediment
7 Thoroughly clean the inside of the header tank
8 Re-fit all drinkers
9 Add a suitable disinfectant to the header tank
10 Restore the water supply and leave for 10 minutes
11 Re-drain the system and restore the water supply
12 Ensure adequate water flows from each of the drinkers
Turkey Drinker Clean out daily, brush plastic surface with weak iodine solution
Clean thoroughly and disinfect between batches


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Buy Pig Stockmanship Standards Extracted from Garth Pig Stockmanship Standards*
written by Dr John Carr.

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