The World Pork Expo is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. 30 years of delicious pork, 30 years of fellowship, and 30 years of industry innovations. PigEasy is also celebrating a milestone; 5 years as a company. While we’re still considered a “newbie” in the swine industry, our products have been developed with over 50 years of pork production experience and have been used on our own 2800 head sow farm for many years.
We’re often asked, “What’s new in your booth this year?”
This year’s new developments do not disappoint. Read on to learn what will be featured in the PigEasy Booth (V729) at the World Pork Expo, June 6-8.
MealMeter feed system
The product that launched PigEasy into official existence 5 years ago will be at the forefront of this year’s booth.
Benefits of the patented MealMeter are nothing new. This innovative feed dispenser maximizes feed intake while simultaneously minimizes feed waste to make feeding sows easy and worry-free. Originally developed for incoming gilts entering the breeding area and later utilized with weaned/under conditioned sows and sows in lactation, we’ve been developing and testing the MealMeter in other applications. Our product testing has proven time and time again the MealMeter feeding system is the only feeder that allows the animal the freedom to choose their eating time, eating speeds, and eating amounts without feed build up. If you’re wondering “But, HOW?” read this post.
Gilt Development Feeder
We set out to develop an entirely new approach to feeding gilts and pigs in open pens last year. After working through prototypes and testing out working models in our own gilt isolation barn and research finishing barns, we are eager to launch the PigEasy Gilt Development Feeder at the show.
Unlike any other, this system utilizes the patented MealMeter technology for an unparalleled, no need to adjust feeder. Its individual pans and divided eating spaces are designed to diminish feed and water waste while optimizing feed consumption.
Individual eating and drinking pans allow each pig to fulfill all its needs from one source. This speeds up the eating and drinking process which greatly reduces aggression at the feeder. The eating space is cleaned with every drink and ready for the next pig’s meal.
The PigEasy Gilt Development and Finishing Feeder provides every pig and gilt with the tools they need to be successful in your operation.
Sick Pen Feeder
The major reason why the MealMeter system works so well is that the system gives the sow/pig two important things – time and freedom.
Whether they are a nibbler or a gobbler, the MealMeter dispenses at a speed the animal prefers to eat and the bowl and water bracket design eliminates the issue of feed build up. Aggressive pigs/sows can get in, eat/drink and get on their merry way. Not every animal is a gorger though. Some like to nibble. The MealMeter dispenser allows these animals to take their time to get in their daily ration.
That’s what the Sick Pen Feeder is all about. Let’s say you have a pig that has fallen behind recovering from an illness and needs some space and time to recoup. The MealMeter allows these pigs/sows the opportunity to recover with fresh feed and water available without the fear of waste. Its compact design gives extra space for the animal and can be mounted to either wall or gating.
MealMeter with Breeder Bowl
The Breeder Bowl is installed on the head gate of an individual breeding stall. The bowl’s design and position ensures it can swing open for sows to easily exit the crate. Just like with the sow feeder, the Breeder Bowl serves as both the sow’s feed and only water source. The water acts as a “dispensing regulator” so she learns to not over dispense and cleans up her feed with every drink.
The PigEasy Breeder Bowl system has become our fastest growing product in 2017 and it’s not much of a surprise to us. This system transforms an area where feed waste is typically prevalent to an area that is clean and simple to manage, all the while increasing production.
If you’re wanting to take feed intake to the next level pre-breed, you need to check out the MealMeter with the Breeder Bowl set up.
MealMeter in Lactation
If there’s a place where you need the MealMeter system most, it would be in lactation. Sows have access to feed and a clean bowl 24/7. Staff can spend their valuable time tending to more important matters than cleaning out feed bowls.
Our staff estimates that they clean less than 1% of feeders every day. Customers have commented on average, they are getting over 1lb of feed more in their sows a day after converting to our system AND saving half a person in labor.
Our lactation feeder illustrates exactly what our name implies – easy really is better.
PigEasy Farrowing Crate
The PigEasy Sow Feeder will be displayed with the PigEasy Farrowing Crate. A simple design with
exclusive features, the PigEasy Farrowing Crate is built with durability, ease of use, and sow comfort in mind. (Remember the Flip Over feature?) Stop by our booth (#V729) to
check out the one crate that makes sow care a whole lot easier.
PigEasy ID Cart
Certain programs require ear tagging all pigs farrowed on a sow farm and it becomes a time-consuming, fatigue-inducing chore. Ear tagging hundreds of pigs a day takes a huge toll on staff and can add stress to your hands and back. Klocke Farms employees were wearing down after starting a new program that required ear tagging, so Dave got to work.
With help, he invented the PigEasy ID Cart.
The PigEasy ID Cart is a foot operated double tagger that also serves as a holding cart for the litter. It comes with a tagging sheet to organize your tags. I can’t even come close to being able to describe how cool this cart is. Check out this video to watch how quickly the team can tag pigs accurately and with much less effort. We’ll have one of these at the show as well, so you can test it out for yourself at the PigEasy Booth (#V729).
Our industry has a lot to celebrate this year, as does PigEasy. Visit our booth (V729) at the World Pork Expo to learn more about how our products can make daily tasks easier for your operation.