Summary and Implications
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.
Iowa State University
Sadler, Larry J.; Garvey, Jill R.; Uhlenkamp, Tony J.; Jackson, Ciara J.; Stalder, Kenneth J.; Johnson, Anna K.; Karriker, Locke A.; Edler, Roy A.; Holck, J. Tyler; and DuBois, Paul R.
"Drinker to Nursery Pigs Ratio: Effects on Drinking Behavior and
Animal Industry Report:
AS 654, ASL R2335.
Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/ans_air/vol654/iss1/84