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Evaluation of water usage and water conservation strategies in the swine industry

Authors: Y. Jin, B. Predicala and E. Navia-Richards
Description: Water is a critical input in swine operations but often neglected because of the prevailing notion that water will always be available in unlimited quantity. However, excessive use of water can have negative impact on the environment and cause depletion of water resources. In swine operations, water is used for animal drinking, cooling, cleaning, and domestic consumption. The rate of water use from different stages of swine production has impact on the overall production cost. Poor production practices may lead to higher water consumption and increased manure slurry volume which needs further handling and treatment, representing added cost. The objectives of this study are to assess the water usage in different stages of pig production and to compile the available water conservation management practices. The applicability of these conservation measures in swine production operations in terms of technical viability, economic costs for implementation, and benefits to the overall operation will be assessed. Preliminary results from this work included calculation of the current rate of water usage to produce each pig based on the literature review and survey of swine producers in Saskatchewan. Furthermore, the different technologically-feasible water conservation practices that pork producers can implement in their operations to reduce their water usage were ranked.
Keywords: cooling; drinking; pressure washing; swine; water conservation
Conference name: CSBE/SCGAB 2011 Annual Conference, Inn at the Forks, Winnipeg, Mb. 10-13 July 2011
Citation: Y. Jin, B. Predicala and E. Navia-Richards. 2013. Evaluation of water usage and water conservation strategies in the swine industry. CSBE/SCGAB 2011 Annual Conference, Inn at the Forks, Winnipeg, Mb. 10-13 July 2011
Publisher: Canadian Society for Bioengineering
Date: 2011-07
Publication type:
  • Conference Proceeding
Type: Text.Article
Format: PDF
Identifier: CSBE11407
Coverage: Canada
Language 1: en
Rights: Canadian Society for Bioengineering
Located in: AGM Winnipeg 2011

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