Swine Researchers Need Minnesota Farm Water Quality Data

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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, researchers hope to learn the range of water quality being offered to pigs in Minnesota. 

Minnesota pork producers can help with this project. Complete a short survey as soon as possible, or before June 21, 2019. Responses and responder identity 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.

How to Participate

In order to accomplish this research project, submit your responses to the questions in the linked survey. Please complete one survey for each nursery barn that has a different water supply by using: https://z.umn.edu/watersurvey2019.


to submit this survey for multiple barns please use the spreadsheet located at: https://z.umn.edu/WaterSurvey2019MassSubmit.


For more information, contact:

Dr. Lee Johnston

Professor – University of Minnesota

West Central Research and Outreach Center

Email: johnstlj@umn.edu

Office: (320) 589-1711 Ext. 2117


Brigit Lozinski

Graduate Research Assistant - Swine Nutrition

Email: lozin012@umn.edu

Cell: (507) 828-9955