MealMeter System in Lactation

In lactation, the MealMeter system maximizes intake without the feed and water waste that is typically associated with feeding in farrowing. The MealMeter System in Lactation saves staff time because it involves minimal management and “self-cleans” with its cutting-edge design. By allowing her freedom to eat when she wants with a clean bowl, sows are able to reach their full milk production potential and head back into the breed barn prepared for their next cycle. The MealMeter system transforms the way we feed our sows in lactation.

How it Works in Lactation

The MealMeter works as part of a complete system in lactation. Inserted into the Lactation Boot, the MealMeter is latched into a stud for easy installation and removal. The Lactation Boot can either hold a drop feed line or the PigEasy Feed Hopper, depending on the current feeding system.

People often ask, “How do you adjust the feed flow?” You don’t, for a number of reasons.

The PigEasy System in Lactation was developed so that each sow has the ability to “self-regulate” her eating area. With the Lactation Water Pipe and Button Nipple in the PigEasy Sow Feeder, the sow cleans up the dispensed feed with every drink. The PigEasy Sow Feeder has a focused eating area so feed cannot build up in corners.

By providing each sow the freedom to consume feed ad lib while at the same time having the water in the bowl to serve as a “regulator”, sows optimize intake without feed and water waste. This low-tech option is the answer to daily feeding headaches in the farrowing barn.

MealMeter Set-Up Options

There are many possibilities to utilize the MealMeter in lactation and we can help you figure out how to best modify your existing crate and feed system.

To obtain best results, we suggest using the PigEasy Sow Feeder for the bowl. The Sow Feeder has a punch out on either side for the Lactation Boot so either side works in relation to what way the door swings. We can either work to fit the Sow Feeder into your existing head gate or the PigEasy Head Gate from our Farrowing Crate design can be modified to fit right on your existing frame.

However, the MealMeter system can be retrofitted into most existing feeders. This requires the Lactation Boot, MealMeter, and Lactation Water Pipe. The Water Pipe is critical to the success of this system and we will walk through the best way to install all parts on your existing feeders.

Every project is different and we take the time to make sure everything installs easily and will be ready to boost feed intake while eliminating waste in your operation.

MealMeter feeding system installed for Lactating Sows

Lactation Boot

The Lactation Boot is a plastic transition tube that holds the MealMeter in place in a sow feeder. The Lactation Boot is easy to install inside or outside virtually any sow feeder and is built sturdy for many years of reliability.

MealMeter Sow Feeder Nozzle for Lactating Sows

Features & Benefits

  • Angled back and flat side allows for simple installation either inside or outside of most lactation feed bowls.
  • Durable, Injection Molded Plastic
  • Top will fit many hoppers and drop tubes. See PigEasy Hopper.
  • Ready for MealMeter installation.
  • Sloped interior prevents bridging.

Sow Feeder

(sold separately, can be customized to fit existing farrowing head gates)

This bowl is a fresh approach to ad-lib feeding during lactation to achieve maximum feed intake. This inventive design eliminates feed buildup in corners and serves as both a feed and watering bowl, which regulates feed dispensing and allows the sow to clean up her bowl with every drink.

PigEasy MealMeter Sow Feeder

Features & Benefits

  • Saves labor
  • Saves feed
  • Increases consumption
  • Increases production
  • Waterer and feeder combination speeds up eating time.
  • Made with stainless steel
  • Complements the MealMeter feeding device.
  • Narrows eating space, but is large enough for sow access.
  • Low mounting height and entry point
    –   Provides long sows more head space when lying down.
    –   Allows pigs the ability to enter bowl, acclimating them to waterers and feed

Bracketed Water Pipe

If you intend to convert existing sow feeders to the PigEasy system, we greatly recommend installing the Bracketed Water Pipe. By making the existing feeder their only source of water, the PigEasy system trains the sow to clean the feeder with every drink.

The unique bracket design makes adjusting the height of the pipe very simple. The Bracketed Water Pipe can easily be installed by drilling or cutting two holes into the existing sow feeder.

The water pipe is 20 inches in length.

Bracketed Water Pipe

Feed Hopper

The Feed Hopper for the MealMeter system in lactation holds approximately 25 lbs. of feed. Its deep neck fits snugly and securely in the Lactation Boot and the narrow wide design does not protrude into walkway.

PigEasy Feeder With Attached Feed Hopper

Product Reviews

We use the MealMeter in lactation with the feed hopper and like that the sow can eat at her own pleasure and don’t feel rushed when eating compared to regular hand feeding. We’re really pleased with the system.

Tony EickmanEickman Family Farms

MealMeter User Instructions

Download our full instructions on how to use the PigEasy MealMeter by clicking the link below.

Download MealMeter Instructions

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Every project is different and we take the time to make sure everything installs easily and will be ready to boost feed intake while eliminating waste in your operation.

Call us today to learn more.