Water is a fundamental requirement for all organisms, yet received surprisingly little attention, especially in pig production circles. However due to the increasing water pollution, clean water is becoming increasingly limited, water can no longer be taken for granted. Pigs drink more than twice as much as they eat. They obtain water from three sources: water contained in the feed, metabolic water and water consumed by drinking. A sufficient quantity and good quality of water is crucial for pigs to maintain their optimal production levels. On the other hand, low-quality of water can cause a wide range of problems such as stomach and intestinal disorders, skin and liver problems, diarrhea, bladder inflammations, etc.
Biofilms is another major problem in drinking water systems, especially in aging pipelines. They form persistence source of contamination in drinking waterline and causes blockage in drinking nipples. Biofilms are formed when organic material that consist of rich mixtures of various bacteria attached to the pipe surface and multiply to form a slimy layer. This is often accelerated when medications and vitamins are administrated via water pipelines because sugar is the ideal substrates for microorganism growth. Biofilm contributes to persistent contamination of water, negatively affects the health of the pigs as well as their production performance.
Since water is a critical resource for profitable production, it is essential that pig producers adopt water management strategies that will help to conserve clean water resource. This article aims to update the technology available in Flotech to help ensuring clean water in pig production facilities.
F.E.D is a water disinfection system which utilized electrochemical activation technology (ECA) for generation of ecologically safe, electrochemically activated solutions known as Anoline and Catholine. Anoline has proven to be effective against all bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeast, moulds and biofilm. By eliminating pathogens as well as the biofilm deposit on water pipelines, immediate and effective control of water-borne diseases can be achieved. F.E.D Anoline disinfects drinking water and eliminated biofilm from pipes in a natural non-toxic way when dosed continuously to drinking waterlines. Microorganisms such as bacteria and algae are removed from the water, keeping water clear and disinfected, reducing the risk of waterborne diseases.
Of all the diseases in pig, diarrhea is one of the major challenge faced by pig producers. The presence of bacterial contamination especially diarrhea-causing bacteria such as Escherichia colibacillosis, Clostridium perfringens and Salmonella typhimurium in water/food source is the main factor causing diarrhea in pig. Treatment of Anoline is proven to significantly reduce the bacteria count in drinking water, bringing the farm to a superior level of hygiene. Clean and disinfected water results in lesser diarrhea outbreak, thus improve production profitability. Furthermore, Anoline, being the most potent natural disinfectant, has the ability to accelerate healing of wound. Spray Anoline directly following castration, after tail docking and on areas of concern effectively disinfect and cleanse the wound, promoting healing of wound. Moreover, Anoline is safe and non-toxic to humans, farm personnel do not required to wear additional protective attire when handling Anoline.
With better health condition and good water quality, improvement of performance indices such as mortality, growth rates, and feed efficiency are expected. Treatment of Anoline solution has proven to better improve the weight gain of piglets and weaner. In a joint research project we conducted in Guangxi, China, treatment of water is done throughout the entire growth process of the pigs. Results showed 10% in daily weight gain of both piglets and weaner, suggesting that Anoline treatment is effective to enhance production parameters.