Cobra Whey Pipe

Cobra Whey Pipe Lifting Up

Just a funny photo – when I turn on the valve to transfer whey from the tank to the trough the 2″ pipe lifts itself up in the air looking like a hissing cobra snake ready to strike. The pigs come running hoping that chunks of cheese or butter will come out.

In the background you can see a bathtub. We still have a few bathtubs that we use for whey feeding and water but about a year ago we started using 300 gallon cattle troughs. With the bigger feeders it took a long time to fill them using the old 1″ pipes. This meant it was time to upgrade to 2″ pipes, something I had been wanting to do for a long time but hadn’t gotten to yet. The 1″ pipes clog easily in the winter when we get cream or butter. The 2″ pipes area dream, never clogging with cream although butter can slow things down on a cold day. We’ve learned to not let that in the tanks. The other big advantage of the 2″ pipes is they fill a 300 gallon trough very quickly.

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3 Responses to Cobra Whey Pipe

  1. rpricenglishinPA says:

    That's a great setup! We have access to whey for our pigs, but found that the whey seemed to give them the scoots. Do you have that problem at all?
    Also, besides whey and hay, what do your growing pigs eat?

  2. I'm not sure what you mean by 'scoots'. Diarrhea perhaps? If they're not getting enough pasture/hay then your might not have enough fiber in their diet if fed whey. The whey pH might be an issue if over fed. Another possibility is too high a fat content.

    Our pigs eat about:
    90% pasture/hay
    7% whey
    3% other consisting of apples, pumpkins, beets, turnips, sunflowers, sunchokes and the occasional treat of bread or boiled barley from beer brewing.

    I'll write more about our pastured pig diet soon.

  3. Anonymous says:

    A great resource and lovely that you can use it so it doesn't go to waste!

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