Liquid feeding of pigs is nothing new. As a young lad one of my jobs was to mix water with chop in a 40 gallon barrel which was doled out to the sows. When my dad shipped cream, it was the skim milk that was mixed into it. Liquid feeding was more of tradition at that time than a science.
Liquid feeding works and it is estimated that 20% of Ontario pigs are finished using this method. Scientific research is showing us that there are five main advantages to liquid feeding.
- Improvement in nutrient conversion
- Increased flexibility and control in the feeding program
- Use of cost effective liquid co-products
- Reduced environmental impact
- Improved animal performance.
As with a dry feeding system, or a wet/dry system, controls need to be in place in order to maintain proper hygienic quality of the feed as well as the system. Economically it makes good sense, especially in today’s volatile markets for feed and product.
Do contact us. We are happy to provide up-to-date information about liquid feeding systems, comparing various systems, and conversions. Also, please see the Swine Liquid Feeding Association website at http://www.slfa.ca