Individual feeding in the farrowing house

Feed more frequently in smaller portions for better milk production and better condition of the sow

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Genetic improvements in sow breeding mean that the number of piglets in each litter is increasing. Sows must have a higher feed intake in order to produce more milk and at the same time limit body weight loss. The best way to boost the sow's feed intake is by offering the feed gradually. This is also better for the sow's digestive system. What this means is providing feed in smaller portions more frequently. And preferably also at times when the sow feels like eating. FaroTek allows you to feed sows several times a day according to an individual regime. 

How does FaroTek work?

When the sow arrives in the farrowing house, she is linked to the dispenser in the farrowing pen. Her correct, individual feed curve is activated, taking into account her body condition and, for example, her age and parity. The system calculates each sow’s daily feed ration according to a feed curve and doses this ration in several portions throughout the day. The feed is not dispensed into the trough at regular, fixed times - but according to the sow’s appetite. Each time the sow touches the sensor ball, the FaroTek doses a small amount of feed into the trough. When the sow has eaten her complete ration, the system will stop dosing until the next feeding time.

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Insight into eating behaviour in the house

In the house, a handy LED indicator on the dispenser provides important information about the feed status of the relevant sow such as whether she has already eaten that day and whether she consumed her full ration. A hand-held terminal identifies the individual sows and displays all the relevant data on body condition, feed profiles and any alarms with a single click. Any adjustments necessary can be input at once. This means the information you work with is always the latest animal data, which saves time and prevent errors.

Save on feed costs

Thanks to the combination of the right feed curve and the individual adjustments, sows are always fed the optimal amount. The sows have a higher feed intake and lose less body condition (backfat). This boosts the body condition of the sow, promotes higher milk production and therefore gives more uniform piglets. In the subsequent farrowing cycle they have less weight to make up for and can therefore consume less feed. The savings on feed can amount to as much as 500 kg of feed per place in the farrowing house per year.

FaroTek for gestating sows and in the service house

The FaroTek individual feeding system for sows has several curve settings. The system can be used in farrowing house, but is also ideal for applications in the service house and even when gestating sows are housed in individual pens. You can benefit from efficient feed management during the sow's entire production cycle, from the service house right up to the farrowing house.

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