By: Scott Campbell, Global Product Manager, Hydro Systems
Farms face many challenges to protecting the health and safety of animals and consumers. For example, poor water quality can lead to stunted growth and the spread of pathogens. Outbreaks of bacteria such as Escherichia coli (E. coli) can also result in recalls and major financial losses. Traditionally, farmers addressed these problems by administering antibiotics.
However, in recent years, consumer awareness of the potential adverse effects of antibiotics in agriculture and government regulations surrounding their use has led to a decline of antibiotic use on farms. To maintain animal health without the use of routine antibiotics, farmers are relying on properly medicating and treating water lines. Devices that inject the correct amount of treatment into water lines can help them achieve this. Thus, it’s important for farmers to understand what features to look for when selecting equipment.
How Injectors Meet Animal Health Challenges
When animals need medication or nutritional supplements, administering them through the water supply is often the best solution. Medicating and vaccinating animals through their water supply removes the hassle of traditional injections for a large flock or herd and in-feed medicating when sick animals are less inclined to eat. Accurate vaccination is also imperative, as poor administration is the most common cause of vaccine failure in poultry.
Additionally, many farms pull water from natural sources like ponds or wells that typically host more potentially harmful organisms. Poor water quality can cause animal health problems, stunt growth and even lead to high morbidity. Bacteria and viruses can also arise within a biofilm, or a layer of slime containing microorganisms that builds up in improperly cleaned water lines.
Whether it is for nutrients, vaccinations, medication or cleaning and disinfecting solutions, water line injectors administer the doses directly into the water line. To ensure accurate dispensing at low lifelong cost, choosing the right pump is key.
Features to Look for in an Injector
While there are many options on the market, there are certain capabilities that you should look for to choose the right water line injector for your operation, including:
Protecting Health and Safety with Accurately Treated Water
The most demanding agricultural water treatments call for injectors that can stand the test of time with accurate dosing. Interested in incorporating one into your operations or replacing your current pump? Learn more about what sets AquaBlend apart with our comparison guides for the Adjustable Models and Fixed Models.
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