Drinker to Nursery Pigs Ratio: Effects on Drinking Behavior and Performance

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2008-01-01
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Karriker, Locke
Butters-Johnson, Anna
Sadler, Larry
Garvey, Jill
Uhlenkamp, Tony
Jackson, Ciara
Stalder, Kenneth
Stalder, Kenneth
Johnson, Anna
Karriker, Locke
Edler, Roy
Holck, J.
DuBois, Paul
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The effect of pig ratio to cup waterers was evaluated to determine changes on pig drinking behavior and performance. Ratios of 1:25 (treatment 1), 1:12 (treatment 2), and 1:8 (treatment 3) were studied. Treatment 3 drank more frequently than those provide with one or two cup waterers per pen. There was a trend for pigs provided 2 or 3 cup waterers in a pen to have increased average daily gains. While further research is needed to quantify and confirm these findings, a nursery providing a ratio closer to published guidelines may lead to increase performance.

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