“The employees are pleased with how calm the sows are. It is a comfortable environment for the employees as well as the sows.”
Optimal sow body condition
At Pig Hill, Nedap Electronic Sow Feeding helps the Moglers maintain optimal sow body condition throughout gestation with individual feeding plans. The Moglers have seven feed plans for the herd, each designed by the farm’s nutritionist and veterinarians to meet the changing needs of sows throughout gestation based on body condition and parity at breeding.
“We determine their feed plan at breeding, and from there, we don’t have to touch it,” Mogler says. “Once we get that feed plan dialed in, the amount of labor needed to maintain body condition is minimal. We body condition the sow one time in the breeding stall, and then we don’t have to do it again.”
Sows eat calmly
“Sow behavior is incredibly changed, especially at feeding time, since we started using Nedap Electronic Sow Feeding,” says Mogler. “You never have noisy, high-stress feed drops like you do in stalls. Our sows eat comfortably without competition.”
Because sows don’t feel the need to protect their feed, they don’t rush while eating and slop feed onto the floor like they do from a trough, says Mogler.