“This is the first group sow management system I have been around I think is less stressful for the sow than being in a stall.”
Thomas Livestock Company
Tim Friedel, sow production manager
Broken Bow, Nebraska, U.S.A.
About the farm
- 22,000 sows at 4 sites
- Finish their own pigs
- Keep sows in dynamic groups of 250 or more
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How they did it
Thomas Livestock kept their 5,000-sow barn in production during remodel construction.
Here’s how they did it:
- Lowered breeding target to reduce herd size and make room for initial construction.
- Contractor purchased new tools dedicated to the remodel site to minimize biosecurity risks.
- Remodeled in sections, starting work in a third of the barn while sows stayed in stalls in the rest of the barn.
- Rotated some sows into another barn with the same health status to create space as construction progressed.
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