Farrowing units

The farrowing unit is the birthplace for the piglets. The farrowing unit is normally designed with one section for each batch of sows. Each section might include pens for nursing sows. Farrowing pens might have partly or fully flooring. Sows are moved to the farrowing unit about one week before expected farrowing and moved out again when the piglets are weaned typically 4 weeks after farrowing. At weaning, the piglets are moved to the weaner unit, while the sow is moved to the mating unit.

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The farrowing pen

The farrowing pen from Vissing Agro is designed so that both sows and piglets have optimal conditions throughout the whole lactation period. Great care has been taken to provide the sow as much freedom of movement as possible while piglets have quick and easy access to the sow’s teats regardless of their size.

The width of the farrowing crate can be adjusted as needed and according to the size of the sow. During farrowing it is recommended to adjust the farrowing crate to a narrow position for optimum protection of the newborn piglets. After 4-5 days the crate can be readjusted to allow more space for the sow and piglets while nursing. The crate can be provided with tiltable bars which control the movement of the sow and prevent crushing of the piglets. The back gate of the farrowing crate is designed with telescopic adjustment that provides amble space and freedom for the staff while working inside the pen. The trough comes in stainless steel with a volume of 21 liters. The piglet creep area can be provided in plastic or water resistant wood with a front edge and a hole for a heating lamp for maintaining a warm environment. The piglet creep area itself is adapted to the size of the farrowing pen and automatic opening of the cover can be provided additionally.

Facts

  • Pen length: 250 – 280 cm
  • Pen width: 160 – 180 cm
  • Height of penning: 50 cm
  • Farrowing crate length from through: 210 cm
  • Long molded fingers
  • Tiltable bars with noise reduction
  • Distance between tilting bars: 37 – 115 cm
  • Maximum distance between bars: 115 cm
  • Water system in stainless steel
  • Water for sow via high yielding nipple minimum 10 l/min
  • Water system for piglets integrated in penning
  • Water for piglets either from bite drinker or water cup
  • Stainless steel sow trough 21 L
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OPTI-farrow

The OPTI-farrow pen is designed to provide the sow freedom to move around the pen while protecting the newborn piglets from being crushed. The pen includes a farrowing crate that allows the sow to be confined during the first 3-4 days after farrowing while protecting the piglets from being crushed. After this period the crate might be opened to provide the sow freedom to move. The crate is designed according to the space requirements of today’s large sows while optimizing access to the udder for the piglets providing them with the best growth conditions. The piglet creep area is provided with a retractable plate which makes it easy to keep the piglets protected in the creep area and facilitates handling and treatment of them. The creep areas is located next to the walkway making it easy to inspect and treat the piglets without the sow adversely affecting handling of the pigs.

Opti-farrow,
farrowing pen for loose housed sows

  • Pen size as desired: 250 x 250 cm is standard
  • Height of penning sow zone: 100 cm
  • Height of penning piglet zone: 50 cm
  • Water system in stainless steel
  • Water for sow via high yielding nipple minimum 10 l/min
  • Water system for piglets integrated in penning
  • Water for piglets either from bite drinker or water cup
  • Heavy duty plastic sow through 21 L
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Designed with high welfare, for both sow, piglets and staff in mind.

Farrowing pen FT-30

FT-30 is a penning system designed especially for the farrowing and weaning period. The sow gives birth and is moved from the pen about 4 weeks later while the piglets remain in the pen until they reach a weight of around 30 kg. This procedure results in less stress because pigs are not moved to a new environment and mixed with other pigs after weaning. Therefore, healthier living conditions with a lower infection pressure and increased growth might be expected. It is recommended that the pen be designed with double floor heating and room heating to create an optimal environment for animal welfare and growth. In addition, the pen is provided with two-climate system designed to meet the pigs’ environmental requirements before and after weaning. Sows and piglets might be fed separately. The pen might be provided with ad lib dry feeder or trough for liquid feeding.

Vissing Agro offers several models of the FT-30 system:

Model A “Wing up” – The farrowing crate is raised to a vertical position which in one step converts the system into a weaner pen with two climate system.
Model B “Nordic” – The farrowing crate is opened and one side is moved in front of the piglet creep area after 3-4 days while the other one is moved towards the pen barrier converting the pen to a system for loose housed sow until weaning. After that it works as a two climate system for the pigs.

Farrowing pen FT-30

  • Pen size as desired: 250 x 250 cm is standard
  • Height of penning sow zone: 100 cm
  • Height of penning pig zone: 75 cm
  • Penning made of 35 mm plastic panels 50 cm high and two galvanized top pipes
  • Water system in stainless steel
  • Water for sow via high yielding nipple minimum 10 l/min
  • Water system for piglets integrated in penning
  • Water for piglets either from bite drinker or water cup
  • Several feeding systems available
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