Improve reproduction results and labor efficiency

Nedap Automated Sow Heat Detection

Eliminate the time and expense of walking the boar in your group gestation pens with Nedap Automated Heat Detection. This solution monitors sows around the clock for increasing interest in the boar, which can be an early sign of heat. Nedap Automated Heat Detection is 99% accurate. It supports your return on investment and overall safety for people and pigs by minimizing lost production days, reducing labor, minimizing stress to people and pigs and ensuring an open sow never gets to farrowing.

The benefits of automated sow heat detection

  • Identifies open sows with 99% accuracy
  • Supports improved ROI because sows spend fewer days open
  • Finds open sows early - before they show signs of standing heat
  • Eliminates inconsistency of employees identifying signs of heat differently
  • Best when used with Nedap Electronic Sow Feeding, but compatible with many feeding systems
  • Minimizes chance of open sows staying in the gestation group

Safety for sows, boars and people

Walking a boar can be risky for people and pigs in group housing situations. Nedap Automated Heat Detection eliminates the safety risk for people and pigs because the boar is kept in an enclosed pen. The technology records how often and for how long a sow engages with a boar to identify when the interactions reach a threshold of heat behavior. This threshold is referred to as the sow’s heat reference value (HRV).

Nedap strategically designs group gestation pens so all sows pass the boar pen on a consistent basis. The boar’s only way to interact with sows is nose-to-nose through a small opening.

When the sow’s HRV indicates she is open, the system paint-marks her for easy visual identification and alerts the barn manager with an electronic message. If your facility uses Nedap Electronic Sow Feeding with Automatic Sow Separation, the system automatically separates the sow from the group the next time she comes through a feeder.

Fast and accurate

Nedap understands the importance of labor efficiency to make the most of your investments. The automated sow heat detection eliminates the task of walking the boar, leaving the employee available for other tasks.

Designed for success

A key to successful automated sow heat detection is the right sow gestation pen design. Nedap pens are designed to minimize aggression with ample room for movement between eating and resting areas. Another key to success is the functionality of the sow heat detection system. When combined with our sow separation  system, Nedap Automated  Sow Heat Detection can flag a sow with paint, automatically separate her from the group and send an alert that she’s coming in to heat.

See Nedap Automated Heat Detection in action

Spring Lake Pork
Jerry Epperson, Owner
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"I think the producers need to get into an ESF building and see the animals up close. They will be impressed."

About the farm

  • 5,500 sows in Nedap ESF