Know exactly how much each sow ate

Precise feeding for optimal ROI

Choosing an automated system for feeding and managing pigs is a decision that can quickly pay for itself through improved precision. The ability to feed each sow to her exact nutritional needs and performance gives you control over your inputs. With Nedap ESF, you know exactly how much feed each sow ate each day. Our system measures feed intake and is designed to minimize feed theft and the loss of feed through floor slats.

Precise, individual feeding minimizes waste and puts each sow on track to reach her potential.

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Real-time information

Automated alerts when pigs need attention

Using parameters you set, our system can send you automated alerts when an animal’s data changes, indicating a change in behavior. With easy access to data about your pigs, you can make informed decisions that support your operation goals.

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At your fingertips

The power of pig data - anytime, from anywhere

What’s one thing that can help solve every problem on a farm? Accurate, reliable pig data. Using dependable data can save you time, money and stress. Nedap’s automated swine management technology can put that data at your fingertips, anytime and anywhere.

Our technology collects and records data in all phases of pork production, including animal weights, feed intake weights and rate of feed intake. You can use this information to care for every animal in your herd based on its individual needs. You can also combine data to review your overall herd performance to find out if your herd is measuring up to the goals you set or to industry benchmarks.

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More pigs, better longevity

Maintain optimal body condition

Research by Dr. Mark Knauer at North Carolina State University showed a strong correlation between sow body condition at breeding and the number of piglets born alive. According to the study, maintaining good condition can result in as many as 2.5 more piglets per sow per year compared to sows in poor body condition.

Optimal sow condition is also correlated to optimal litter birth weights. Specifically, sows in good condition are more likely to have heavier pigs than those in poor condition. The sow’s condition will continue to impact her progeny post-weaning including better survival rates and lifetime performance.

Of course, staying in optimal condition benefits the sow, too. Sows in excellent body condition are more likely to have smooth transitions from farrowing to breeding. In the long term, optimal body condition is correlated to soundness and longevity.

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See the difference in behavior

Calm, healthy sows in groups

When you work with sows in a Nedap ESF system, you will quickly notice the difference in the animals’ behavior compared to sows in gestation crates or other styles of pens. A significant change is that sows no longer associate people with feed, so they don’t get up or make any noise when a person enters the barn or pen.

Sows in well-designed group pens don’t avoid contact with people the way crate sows do. In large group pens, you can walk up to a sow and handle her without difficulty.

Correctly designed pens also change the way sows interact with each other. Our pens include features designed to minimize sow aggression. Plus, sows in ESF pens learn they can access their full rations any time during the day without having to compete with others, removing a major aggression trigger. Reducing aggression in gestation pens minimizes loss from stress or injury and maximizes the potential for sow productivity.

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Capitalize on opportunity costs

More uniform pigs at finishing

Delivering uniform groups at finishing is a proven strategy for reducing production costs and capitalizing on opportunity costs in grow/finish facilities. Automated pig sorting by weight is one way to achieve this goal without adding labor costs.

By sorting pigs into groups – and offering a tailored feed ration to each group – you can maintain uniform groups and minimize feed waste. Additionally, automated sorting of pigs that reach market weight can help you reduce transportation costs by filling trucks with hogs at the correct market weights. Delivering uniform groups at finishing helps you avoid penalties from your processor.

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Work smarter, not harder

Improving labor efficiency

Barn automation doesn’t replace labor, but it can help your employees work more efficiently, saving you time and labor costs. Automation can help by sorting finishing pigs ready for market or identifying and removing an open sow from the group gestation pen. Automated systems can identify sows that don’t eat and alert you, giving you the chance to identify a potential illness early on.

Based on the parameters you set, automated systems can separate sows from groups for any reason and move those sows into small pens where you can easily reach them for pregnancy checks, health checks or other tasks. By saving you the time of weighing individual pigs or manually separating individuals from the group, automated systems take care of the repetitious work to give you and your team focus on the animals that need your attention most.

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