Design your pens so sows cannot access the feeder entrance immediately after feeding. An optimal pen design has physical structures that direct sows away from the feeders and continue to prohibit access between fed and unfed sows for as long as possible.
“Sows in group pens with a long walk between the feeder exit and entrance rarely follow through with an urge to guard the feeder,” says Morten. “Once they move away from the feeding station, they generally get distracted. After a short time, they will find their social group and lie down.”
You don’t have to accept the statistics about injuries caused by fighting in group gestation pens. When choosing a system for your new or remodeled group sow barn, think about what’s best for your sows. Electronic sow feeders with forward exits within correctly designed pens will allow your sows move and eat without conflict to prevent feed-guarding habits. Your reward will be sows that are calm, comfortable and productive.Find your ESF solution ›
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