Electronic Sow Feeding
Part of your complete barn management system
How group sow gestation pens with Nedap ESF keep sows calm
The unique design of group sow gestation pens with Nedap ESF keeps sows calm and supports a productive atmosphere. The Nedap ESF design incorporates a technique proven for decades to minimize sow injury and stress: forward-exit feeders.
The front exit directs sow traffic one way through the pen. When a sow is finished eating, she steps forward, away from the group waiting to eat. Fed sows have no direct contact with unfed sows. Additionally, fed sows cannot immediately access the feeder entrance after eating.
How are sows kept away from the feeder entrance after eating? They must take a long walk past the waterers, the boar pen and the resting areas where other sows are sleeping before they can return to the feeder entrance again. This lap, often called the “horseshoe” or “racetrack,” distracts the sow from the urge to guard the feeder and keeps her from developing aggressive habits.
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Are you comparing individual gestation stalls versus group sow housing? Are you thinking about remodeling your current barn or building a new one?
No matter where you are in the decision process, and no matter how you choose to care for your sows, the Nedap Livestock Management team can answer your questions so you find the right fit.
If you choose group housing, rest assured you can use our expertise and complete sow management system to care for each sow as an individual.Nedap Application Services
The benefits of individual sow feeding with Nedap Livestock Management
- Forward-exit feeders prevent conflict between fed and unfed sows
- Sows cannot be disrupted or rushed while feeding
- Easy-to-use system lets you adjust feed rations to maintain sow condition
- Barn is quieter and, and air movement is improved
- Water dosing option encourages sows to eat full rations
- “Racetrack” pen design discourages feed-guarding behavior