26 April 1996

Porkers grow fast on a liquid lunch

WEANED piglet growth rates increase by up to 10% in the first three weeks by giving them water as they feed with new slimline Lean Machine feeders, claims manufacturer Newsham. Feed efficiency has also increased by 0.2, the firm adds.

The feeder is said to have twin wetter bars which are positioned at the same height that the feed is released. That allows piglets to nudge the bars accidentally to release a small amount of water as they feed, so giving it a porridge-like consistency.

Three sizes of bowl are available and prices start at £265 (01653-697977).