Osborne’s new wean-to-finish feeder combines both gravity-flow feeding with Osborne’s no-waste, mechanical-flow feed delivery system, a signature feature of the Big Wheel family of feeders, also offered by Osborne.
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The new FAST Start™ wean-to-finish feeder features all the no-waste, feed saving aspects of the Big Wheel family of mechanical-flow feeders, but operates in gravity-flow mode for newly weaned pigs. The feeder then automatically converts to mechanical-flow as pigs grow.
The 24-hour-a-day monitoring of feed and water consumption, which can be reviewed live on the farm office computer can pick up trends and has even been used to predict disease outbreaks.
Open housing allow to increase the actual surface per weaned piglet, thus reducing hierarchy problems, and redefining the dunging, lying and feeding areas.
Various strategies are discussed: offering up to 3 different types of feed, budget feeding, density of piglets per feeder space, ...
Make a hole in one of the ends and place a soda vacuum plug so the feed troughs can be cleaned more easily.
We move a plastic ring along the water drainpipe, leaving it at a series of pre-established marks.
Different systems allow the sows to eat several times a day. In some of them we are the ones who decide, in other ones it is the sows.