Job satisfaction in a pig-friendly farm
Eating zone has 2 areas
The eating zone has been separated in 2 areas, each having two troughs. Mrs Brink uses a computerised dry feeding device by Nedap to be able to feed very meticulously. The pigs are fed 4 different diets before going to slaughter. Each feed is prepared by an own Bosgoed on-site feed plant.
The pig’s weight determines which door opens
The division of the eating zone is located right behind the weighing station. Depending on the weight figures that have been communicated to the weighing stations, the left or the right door will open up to the pig – and the animal can proceed to the respective troughs. This way, a pig producer is capable of providing different types of feed to the animals depending on their individual weights. Weight and feeding type are variables which can be communicated to the system using an app on the mobile phone.
The pigs will eat from so-called ‘flat troughs’. Feed will be dropped onto the plateau, and a part will roll towards the drinking nipples. Currently, there are 2 separate systems to provide drinking water; in the future one of these will be used for providing liquid feed.
Weighing station selects pigs with ideal weight
Located behind the eating zone is the sorting sluice. Before transport to the slaughterhouse the weighing station will pick those animals that have reached the ideal weight. Through a middle gate, these animals are led to the sorting sluice, which opens up into a lying area behind the wall. Depending on the number of pigs, a separation can be placed in this space. Mrs Brink comments: “Pig delivery is really easy. The animals walk well as they have been enjoying much space and they are already located in a separated zone. We hardly have to chase them.”
Automatic weighing of the pigs starts a few weeks after introduction into the finisher barn. This time is needed to allow the pigs to get used to the weighing station. Initially, the pigs can just walk through the weighing station. In the last phase, the doors will automatically open and close.
The pig house has been provided with a direct air inlet. Once this was installed, it worked well, Mrs Brink says. Indeed, porcine cough sounds cannot be heard in the pig house.
Just like her employee Jan Klopman, Mrs Brink is enjoying viewing the animals. She says, “Jan and I share the same philosophy and thanks to him I can give my family more attention. Checking up on the animals takes a little longer than when you’d keep them in smaller groups, but all in all the pleasure in the pig house compensates for that.”Learn more about Nedap PorkTuner »