Effects of water quality on nursery pig performance and health
Project sponsors: University of Minnesota and Minnesota Pork Board


Primary contacts:
Dr. Lee Johnston
Professor – University of Minnesota
West Central Research and Outreach Center
johnstlj@umn.edu
Office: +1 (320) 589-1711 Ext. 2117

Brigit Lozinski
Graduate Research Assistant - Swine Nutrition
lozin012@umn.edu
Cell: +1 (507) 828-9955

Researchers at the University of Minnesota in collaboration with the Minnesota Pork Board would like to learn more about how quality of water supplied to nursery pigs might affect their health and performance. In the initial stage of this project, we hope to learn the range of water quality being offered to pigs in Minnesota. As a pork producer, you can help us with this project. We are asking you to complete the short survey below and return it to us as soon as possible, or before June 21, 2019. Responses and responder identity’s will be held confidential to the research group. Any release of information to the public will be done in aggregate with no identification of individual farms. With this information, we will determine the range of water quality being fed to pigs and identify water sources that would be helpful in future studies. We are interested in learning about good quality water and poor quality water. Our ultimate goal is to determine the effects of water quality on health and performance of nursery pigs and to explore effective treatment options for water in swine nurseries.

We would greatly appreciate your time and efforts in cooperating with us to accomplish this project through your responses to the following questions. Please complete one survey for each nursery barn that has a different water supply or follow this link with instructions to submit information for many barns: https://z.umn.edu/watersurvey2019

How many nursery pigs do you own/operate? *
Where is your nursery barn located (nearest town or zip code)? *
Your answer
What is the source for the water supply? (Check all that apply) *
Required
Do you believe that quality of water has a negative impact on your nursery pig performance and/or health? *
Rate the quality of water in your nursery barn before any type of treatments using the following scale: *
Excellent
Good
Average
Marginal
Intolerable
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Do you treat your water or water lines in any way? *
If you answered 'yes' to the previous question, please describe what is used as treatment:
Your answer
How often do you treat your nursery water (if applicable)? *
Rate the quality of water in your nursery barn after any treatments using the following scale: *
Excellent
Good
Average
Marginal
Intolerable
N/A
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Do you have any analyses of your water that you would be willing to share with us? If yes, please email laboratory report to lozin012@umn.edu. *
If yes, where was your water sample collected? *
Approximately when was the last water sample collected and analyzed? *
Your answer
May we contact you to discuss potential use of your water in a future pig performance experiment? *
If yes, please provide your preferred contact details below (name, address, phone number, email):
Your answer
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