Water is important for all animals as it is used for the regulation of body temperature, growth, milk production, digestion and metabolism of feed, as well as transport of nutrients and waste products in the body.

Water quality is very important to ensure good animal health. Contamination of the water source, the water pipes, or drinking troughs or nipples put animals at risk of infection and reduce the effectiveness of medicines distributed through the drinking water. Regularly and effectively disinfecting your water systems can mitigate these risks. It is advisable to check your water quality on a regular basis both from the source as well as from the drinkers.

509 AQUAPROTECT by ITAVI (Farm Innovation)

504 Quality water factsheet by ITAVI (Farm Innovation)

438 – Detection of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and their resistance genes in wastewater surface water and drinking water biofilms (Research paper – Schwartz – 2003)

Acidification of drinking water: why and how?

How to take a good water sample for lab analysis?

Best Practice Guide: Water Quality

262 – Assessment of biofilm in pipes of breeders houses and effect of purge on biofilm mastering and water quality (Research paper – Dennery – 2017)

252 Drinkwatercheck melkveehouderij by ZLTO (Tools & Checklists)

251 Drinkwatercheck varkenshouderij by ZLTO (Tools & Checklists)

143 Effect of administration of organic acids in drinking water on faecal shedding of E. coli performance parameters and health in nursery pigs (Research paper – De Busser, 2011)

Drinking water medication: beware of interference

Prevention of (blue-green) algae in drinking water sources

Why and how to prevent biofilm formation in drinking water pipes

Effective water vaccination: the importance of water quality

Step-by-step plan for water sampling

Step-by-step plan for the acidification of drinking water

85 A ‘meta-analysis’ of effects of post-hatch food and water deprivation on development, performance and welfare of chickens (Research paper; De Jong, 2017)

20 Cider vinegar in water by Mr Wijnen (Farm Innovation)

12 Soil bacteria by Pruex (Farm innovation)

Flushing the drinking pipes in broiler farming

Optimizing water quality on poultry, pig and dairy farms

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 817591