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DRY VS WET/DRY FEEDERS, IS THERE A DIFFERENCE

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

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Authors:   M.E. Wastell, J.E. Pettigrew
Keywords:   swine, swine equipment, swine feeding systems, pig feeders

Several new swine feeders have been developed and marketed in the last 15 years. The design objective of one new feeder is to minimize eating disruption by providing both feed and water at the same eating place. The results from 48 separate university, research institutions and producer studies show that pigs eating from a wet/dry feeding system have increased feed intake resulting in increased growth rate compared to pigs eating from dry feeders. Pigs fed from the wet/dry feeding system had slightly improved feed efficiency from the wet/dry system but not as consistently as the growth rate. Water disappearance (wastage) was reduced 36 to 38 percent. There was no difference in carcass traits between pigs fed from dry feeders or wet/dry feeding systems. (Download PDF)    (Export to EndNotes)