Animal comfort and welfare are the basic pillars of today’s livestock production.
This extension has been carried out on a maternity farm. They have a total of 224 farrowing crates have been installed in rooms of 28 places with a surface area of 6.25m². Each farrowing has a dimension of 2.40 x 2.60.
This type of farrowing pen allows the sow and her piglets to remain free during lactation.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE WELFARE FARROWING CRATE:
The welfare farrowing house made of galvanised iron. It’s adapts perfectly to the different sizes of the square, which makes it perfect for new installations as well as for renovations of existing farms.
All opening and closing mechanisms are easy to operate, so that the daily work of the farm staff is comfortable and handling time can be optimised to the maximum.
WELFARE HEATING SYSTEM:
The piglets have a heated area with a 1.50 x 40 stainless steel hot water plate separated from the mother’s area to avoid crushing. It’s possible to install a nest to improve the comfort of the piglets and to make better use of the heat from the plate. This make the system more efficient.
FLOOR AND SEPARATORS WELFARE FARROWING AREA:
The floor of the welfare farrowing pen is made of extra reinforced plastic grids and cast iron to support the weight of the sow; They are designed with a relief shape so that the sow doesn’t slip and can walk comfortably all over the pen.
Also, the separators in the farrowing area are made of 1.00 metre high green PP and 50 cm high PVC.. An anti-crush bar has also been installed to protect the piglets from being crushed.
FEEDING IN THE DELIVERY ROOM:
The feeding system is by means of a traction machine that distributes the feed through the simplex dispensers in each farrowing crate. The feed is dosed according to the curve assigned by the vet and is applied automatically at the set times with a motor that opens the dispensers.
VENTILATION IN THE MATERNITY WARD:
In addition, ventilation is carried out with motorised air inlets on both sides of the room and a central chimney that extracts the air to ensure the welfare of the animals and an optimal environment for them and the farm staff. All this is controlled by a climate computer which makes the ventilation and heating system more efficient.