|PigEasy Feeder Set Up|
Veterinarians, nutritionists and consultants have been promoting ad lib feeding sows in lactation for years due to its many short and long term benefits. Overall, ad lib feeding removes the human element of feed intake, thus giving each sow the ability to choose how much feed she wants to consume throughout the day while greatly cutting down on feed waste.
|PigEasy Water Bracket|
Now, the placement – we like to position the water bracket close to the bottom of the feeder for a few reasons. First, its low position works so that the sow physically isn’t able overfill with water as her snout would be completely submerged. This avoids excess water in the bowl that would be difficult to eat out of and also may plug up the feeder. Because she isn’t able to over water, she is simultaneously cleaning her bowl every time she takes a drink (So you don’t have to later!).
|Low position of water bracket in
a retrofitted lactation feeder.
The second part of the not-so-secret weapon is the weep hole. Much like in your bathtub or sink, the weep hole installed in a feed bowl relieves any overflow. Therefore, if you have a leaky nipple that goes unnoticed, any water overflow leaves the feeder via the weep hole so your sow will never be without access to feed. We cut/drill the weep hole very low (1/2 to 3/4in off the bottom of the bowl) so water level will never be too high for feed access.
Last, but certainly not least, is the PigEasy feeder design. This lactation feeder eliminates corners and focuses her eating area so buildup can’t occur. At Klocke Farms, the staff estimates they clean out 0-1% of PigEasy feeders every day. So, out of 432 sow feeders, that equals approximately 1-4 bowls. TOTAL. (While the PigEasy feeder maximizes feed intake, you are able to retrofit your current feeder for similar results. Call PigEasy for details.)