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Research Survey - Effects of water quality on nursery pig performance and health

Research survey Project title: Effects of water quality on nursery pig performance and health Project sponsors: the University of Minnesota and Minnesota Pork Board
Researchers at the University of Minnesota in collaboration with the Minnesota Pork Board would like to learn more about how the quality of water supplied to nursery pigs might affect their health and performance. In the initial stage of this project, we hope to learn the range of water quality being offered to pigs in Minnesota. As a pork producer, you can help us with this project. We are asking you to complete the short survey below 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 form 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 stud…
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