"When the babies leave the farrowing house, they have a lot of weight on them"
New Athens, USA
About the farm
- Farrowing operation
- 3.000 sows
The Nedap software’s excellent visual cues help all employees see, “this sow needs more feed, or this sow does not,” Otten adds, making training and sow feed management as straightforward as possible.
Thanks to the ease of the system, Tori Otten, pig caretaker at New Back Forty Farm, was handling feed scheduling within a week of starting her role at the farm.
The system eliminates any hand-feeding of sows, ensuring more accurate and consistent ration delivery. Plus, since feeding is scheduled electronically, it is much less labor-intensive than other feed delivery systems.
Nedap helps reduce feed waste
The ability to deliver feed to each sow and her exact nutritional needs without overfeeding puts producers in greater control and helps lower input costs.
For instance, Nedap’s automated feeding technology can help cut feed waste, which accounts for up to 70% of pork production expenses. Each sow receives the exact amount of feed she needs, and users can monitor individual sows to ensure she’s eating properly. Additionally, the system’s low-stress environment encourages strong feed consumption.
Pig farms report up to 20% feed savings compared to stalls with Nedap’s Electronic Sow Feeding technology.
Plus, keeping sow feed intake strong during lactation can have multiple positive impacts on individual and whole-herd performance.
Tori Otten notes, “When the babies leave the farrowing house, they look really good, they have a lot of weight on them because the lactating sows are well-fed.”
That’s because optimal feed intake during lactation supports milk production, which can translate into higher weaning weights and increased litter size. A study by North Carolina State University showed every 1-pound increase in average daily feed intake during lactation resulted in:
- Increased litter weaning weight by 8.6 pounds
- Increased the number born alive in the subsequent parity by 0.32 piglets.
Also, Nedap technology helps improve overall sow body condition for faster farrowing recovery and quick rebreeding, improving efficiency throughout the farm.
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