Date Full Report Received12/29/2006
Date Abstract Report Received07/21/2008
InvestigationInstitution: University of Guelph
Primary Investigator: Tina Widowski
Co-Investigators: Stephanie Torrey
Funded ByNational Pork Board
Drinker style affects multiple aspects of production and behavior of the newly weaned piglet. Nipple drinkers contribute to high levels of water wastage, regardless of weaning age. Float bowl drinkers limit water consumption due to soiled water, and result in higher levels of behavioral problems such as belly nosing. The push-lever drinker keeps water wastage in check while still ensuring that piglets consume adequate amounts of water. This style of drinker also appears to benefit younger weaned piglets through their initial feeding behavior and overall growth.