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Clean drinking water

Clean drinking water

Clean drinking water

A good yield starts from the ground up! The importance of the quality of drinking water is often underestimated, yet water is the most important part of animal sustenance. Animals take in more water daily than feed, after all. They will also eat more feed when the drinking water is of good quality. Therefore, water determines the health of the animals to a large degree!

Where does the quality of drinking water go wrong?

  • There is not enough available water
  • The water is contaminated
  • The water does not taste good

The water supply is the only system in which all animals have contact with each other (biosecurity). Poor water quality has serious consequences for the health of the animals and costs the farmer quite a bit of money. The composition of the water also has an impact on the efficacy of additives and cleaning agents. MS Schippers specialise in drinking water quality.

In five steps, we will guarantee the highest-quality drinking water!

  • Supply of Drinking Water: At its foundation, the drinking water supply must meet certain standards and the water must be available to all animals, in all areas, in sufficient quantities. A well-functioning drinking water supply is required for this.
  • Physical Quality of Water: Clean water is clear and has no unusual smells or colours.
  • Chemical Quality of Water: Abnormalities, such as iron, manganese, and lime content have a negative impact on the taste of the water and the formation of biofilm.
  • Microbial Quality of Drinking Water: The number of microorganisms in the water provides the microbiological quality of the water and indicates the presence of biofilm.
  • Nutritional Additives: Organic acids can be added for better water intake, growth, and feed conversion ratio.

With the MS Schippers drinking water checklist, we can monitor the drinking water supply at various levels and take the appropriate measures to ensure excellent drinking water quality for the animals, which is the foundation of good health.

Drinking Water Supply

The following points of interest are important with regard to the drinking water supply.

  • Nipple Output: Insufficient nipple output leads to insufficient water intake and poorer feed intake, growth, and milk yield. An excessive output can lead to agitated drinking behaviour, waste, and potential deterioration of feed quality.
  • Capacity: The capacity for the flow of water, of the water meter, and of the pump must meet the needs of the animals.
  • Pressure: The pressure in the pipes of the drinking water supply must be sufficient for proper distribution of the drinking water.
  • Network of Pipes: Open connections, intermediate storage, and dead-end segments have an impact on the quality of the water. These areas are a breeding ground for bacteria because they result in stagnant water and are very difficult to clean.
  • Dosage System: The dosage system must be properly configured and calibrated and must ensure proper distribution of the product.
  • Water Intake: The animals must be able to easily take in their daily water requirements to grow sufficiently. Therefore, it is important to monitor whether there is sufficient access to drinking water.

Drinking Water Quality

Physical Quality of Water

Good, healthy water should always be clear and contain no unusual colours, tastes, or smells (rotten eggs, ammonia). Floating debris and sediment will negatively impact the quality and intake of the water.

Chemical Quality of Water:

The chemical measurements must fall within the standard levels. If this is not the case, then it can affect the health of the animals. Substances such as iron, chalk, magnesium, and manganese have a negative impact on taste and can lead to stoppages in the pipes.

Filtration and Softening

By filtering and softening water, debris and hazardous substances are removed from the water.

This ensures better drinking water quality:

  • Better tasting
  • Prevents biofilm growth
  • Ensures optimal effect of additives

Microbiological Quality – Cleaning and Disinfecting

The microbiological measurements must also fall within the standard levels. The number of microorganisms is an indicator of the amount of impurities in the water. A high number indicates a high degree of bacterial contamination. Yeasts/moulds cause more rapid formation of sediment in the pipes: the formation of mycotoxins.

Cleaning and disinfecting ensures:

  • The removal and prevention of biofilm
  • The elimination of bacteria, viruses, yeasts, and moulds
  • Sufficient water output
  • Better taste
  • Optimal effect of additives


Di-O-Clean is an excellent and effective cleaning and disinfecting agent for healthy and safe drinking water and is a part of a complete, drinking water hygiene routine. After the addition of acids, medications, vaccines, etc., their residues remain in the drinking water supply. Residues strongly promote the growth of biofilm. Therefore, it is important to thoroughly clean the drinking water supply with Di-O-Clean after the use of additives. Rinse the pipes to remove excess dirt.

What does disinfecting the drinking water supply provide?:

  • Guarantees a well-functioning dosage system
  • Effective and consistent clean drinking water supply
  • Makes water a safe and valuable nutrient

Nutritional Additives

For the proper efficacy of nutritional additives, the good working order of the drinking water supply and quality is of great importance, otherwise the efficacy of the additives is compromised.

The advantages of enhancing the drinking water with organic acids, such as MS Goldfeed®:

  • Optimum water intake as a result of improved taste
  • Decrease in bacterial density
  • Support for the digestive system
  • Immune system improvement
  • More efficient production
  • Decreased use of antibiotics

The result is:

  • Improved health
  • Better technical and economic results

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