Eyeballing not always accurate
“If they look at that and they can see on the graph that a certain number of animals are not making it through, they’re not eating or there’s a big drop in consumption – anything like that – they’re alerted sooner,” Morten says. “That can be huge if a producer can see a problem even a day sooner and ultimately save the animal.”
With automated systems using 100% of the room and no alleyways or pens, the producer can walk among the pigs, getting the animals used to human contact and be less likely to be agitated when it is time to load for market.
Labor continues to be an issue on farms, and Morten expects more grow-finish sites will consider implementing the technology. “We have producers who have kids leaving the farm now who have been helping them the last few years, and now they [the kids] are in high school or college,” Morten says. “I have one producer in Nebraska where that is the case, and he doesn’t have the extra hand, the extra labor – which is why he went to our system primarily, and he has indicated that it’s a big labor savings for him.”