Clean water in pig farming plays a pivotal role in maximising the genetic potential of every pig litter.
Its significance cannot be overstated, as poor water quality directly impacts water consumption, food conversion rates, and overall herd health.
Poor water quality, often underestimated, is a hidden problem that undermines the efficiency of pork production. It hampers the herd’s water consumption and compromises food conversion rates. For young hogs, the consequences are even more severe, with untreated water potentially leading to increased mortality rates and diminished overall performance and welfare.
Water Quality in Pig Farming
One of the major contributors to compromised water quality is the accumulation of biofilm. Traditional disinfectants, including chlorine, often fall short in effectively breaking down biofilm in distribution lines and water supply tanks. Additionally, biofilm can start reforming in as little as two hours after a disinfection event. Resorting to high concentrations of disinfectants to combat biofilm resistance comes with the undesirable side effect of pipework corrosion.
Improving Genetic Potential with Chlorine Dioxide
In the quest for an effective solution, Chlorine Dioxide emerges as the game-changer. Recognised as the best biocide for biofilm removal and control, Chlorine Dioxide operates at very low concentrations (0.5 – 1.0 ppm). Unlike other biocides, it remains effective across a broader pH range, ensuring stability even in warm environments and long pipes.
Scotmas Alpha R in Pig Farming
Scotmas Alpha R ClO2 Generator is an innovation that has redefined the standards for maintaining biofilm-free water distribution tanks, lines, and drinkers. Its outstanding performance parameters set it apart, but the real breakthrough comes when this generator is coupled with the advanced monitoring and data capture capabilities of Scotmas’ Sentinel Link and Insite remote monitoring systems.
Beyond the traditional functions of high-level chemical cut-off, leak and gas detection, or residual chlorine and chlorite level monitoring, these systems have evolved to include water pressure, pH, and water temperature monitoring. This approach to remote monitoring not only ensures the biofilm-free water but also contributes to an overall boost in farm performance.
Clean water in pig farming emerges as the cornerstone for realising the genetic potential of every pig litter. By understanding the challenges posed by poor water quality and embracing innovative solutions like the Scotmas Alpha R ClO2 Generator, pig farmers can elevate their operations to new heights. The integration of advanced monitoring systems will help farmers to stay ahead of potential issues, ensuring a balance between biofilm control and optimised farm efficiency.
Contact Scotmas today for further guidance on optimising water quality and maximising the genetic potential of your pig farm.