Water Quality
Water is the most essential nutrient for pigs. It should be potable; it should not contain harmful substances and should always be readily available for your pigs to drink.

Water quality influences feed consumption and animal health, and it is usually evaluated by microbiological, physical, and chemical criteria. Water can be of high quality at the source, but the same cannot be said for the water in the pipelines within your unit. High temperatures and slowmoving water leads to biofilm being generated. Biofilm is a layer of micro-organisms that contained in a matrix (slime layer), which forms on surfaces often contacted with water or moisture. Formation of a biofilm begins with the attachment of free-floating micro-organisms to a surface – creating a monolayer first then developing into a microcolony. Additional dust, organic matter and/or pathogens will continue to adhere to this surface making it hard to penetrate for removal. The Interchem swine team can help you to remove this biofilm by treating your water system with the addition of a stabi-lised hydrogen peroxide solution, which is DAFM approved.

The best advice is to clean water lines including the removal of biofilm first before using organic acid in the lines. A clean line, without biofilm, is the optimum way to deliver acid to your animals. Lowering pH can aid the digestive process and improve digestion of proteins in the stomach. Also, a lower pH will create an unfavourable environment for harmful bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella. Acids assist the growth and restoration of villi in the hind gut. This is important for weaners, whose gastrointestinal tract is not fully developed, and for pigs who have damaged villi caused by harmful bacteria. Villi are essential for the absorption of nutrients. When water intake is increased, so too is feed intake and this increases profitability through improved pig performance.

For further help and support please contact a member of the Interchem swine team.
Pigs
Water Quality
Water is the most essential nutrient for pigs. It should be potable; it should not contain harmful substances and should always be readily available for your pigs to drink.

Water quality influences feed consumption and animal health, and it is usually evaluated by microbiological, physical, and chemical criteria. Water can be of high quality at the source, but the same cannot be said for the water in the pipelines within your unit. High temperatures and slowmoving water leads to biofilm being generated. Biofilm is a layer of micro-organisms that contained in a matrix (slime layer), which forms on surfaces often contacted with water or moisture. Formation of a biofilm begins with the attachment of free-floating micro-organisms to a surface – creating a monolayer first then developing into a microcolony. Additional dust, organic matter and/or pathogens will continue to adhere to this surface making it hard to penetrate for removal. The Interchem swine team can help you to remove this biofilm by treating your water system with the addition of a stabi-lised hydrogen peroxide solution, which is DAFM approved.

The best advice is to clean water lines including the removal of biofilm first before using organic acid in the lines. A clean line, without biofilm, is the optimum way to deliver acid to your animals. Lowering pH can aid the digestive process and improve digestion of proteins in the stomach. Also, a lower pH will create an unfavourable environment for harmful bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella. Acids assist the growth and restoration of villi in the hind gut. This is important for weaners, whose gastrointestinal tract is not fully developed, and for pigs who have damaged villi caused by harmful bacteria. Villi are essential for the absorption of nutrients. When water intake is increased, so too is feed intake and this increases profitability through improved pig performance.

For further help and support please contact a member of the Interchem swine team.
Pigs

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