Feeding also has to be trained
Stress-free: In WEDA’s training station, the sows learn to reach the trough through the narrow passage on the right.
Sometimes, less is more: especially for sow managements, WEDA Dammann & Westerkamp have now developed a cost-effective training station for demand feeding stations. The low-budget variation of the SowComp model dispenses with any kind of electronics, works with open doors and with a simple feeding system
This way, the sows in WEDA’s training station learn to reach the trough by passing through a narrow passage. In doing so, the animals get used to taking up their feed in a demand feeding station in a fast, uncomplicated and stress-free way.
In order to simulate real operating conditions of the later demand feeding station, the unit is equipped with a double-flap iron-barred exit gate. The advantage: this prevents the entering of the animals into the “wrong direction”.
As a rule, the training station is installed far away from the herd of sows, in the quarantine division. It is recommended to split up the gilts to be trained into groups of 15 to 20 animals. After a training period of approximately two weeks, the sows are conditioned and know exactly how a demand feeding station functions.
After this, they can be transferred into the proper waiting area. As the animals are now used to walking along a passage for taking up their feed, their shying away from automatic demand feeding stations is practically non-existent now.
The Advantages at a Glance:
- The training station does not require any expensive technology
- playful learning of the demand feeding situation
- saves training time and money
- no entrance gate required
- cross-system applicability.
For more than 70 years, WEDA’s name stands for innovation and reliability. Originally founded as an enterprise for the manufacture of wood gas generators, Dammann & Westerkamp GmbH (WEDA) have meanwhile become global market leaders in the domain of liquid feeding with more than 130 members of staff at their headquarters at Lutten. The WEDA company owns locations in almost 50 countries on all continents.
In their function as full providers in the field of modern pig managements, WEDA – besides the domains of feeding technology and house equipment – also attend upon the segments of ventilation technology and liquid manure treatment. WEDA possess more than two dozens of patents.
In 1996 – as the first enterprise of the branch – WEDA received the certification according to the international quality standards, DIN EN ISO 9000 ff. In 2001, the companies of WEDA and of Erich Stallkamp ESTA GmbH founded the WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH enterprise.
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