A bespoke ready-to-use nursery cabin has been delivered to a Yorkshire farmer. The container-style buildings, specifically developed to help pig producers rear surplus piglets from their sows, are manufactured by Suffolk housing and equipment company, Quality Equipment, at the company’s Woolpit works.
Andy Brown of A & M Farms Ltd, near Hull, ordered the nursery, having seen the system being employed on one of Rattlerow Farms’ 600-sow commercial units where it was saving, on average, the life of half a pig a litter.
The nurseries are available in various sizes and configurations to suit the individual farm requirement and Andy chose a single-room cabin divided into three separate pens each holding up to 28 pigs. Andy runs a 600-sow herd, batch farrowing around 70 sows every three weeks. The nursery was designed specifically to fit in with his system – allowing for one surplus pig per sow, with some extra capacity built in.
In addition to having its own heating, ventilation and slurry system, it is equipped with a warm-water Transition feeder which mixes gruel for the piglets on a little and often basis mimicking the sow’s own feeding pattern – vital for rearing very young piglets.
Quality Equipment has always prided itself on being a down-to-earth company. This was certainly the case for seven members of staff who got their hands – and everything else – dirty while taking part in the Only The Brave mud obstacle run. The event took place at Elveden Estates, near Thetford on Sunday 2nd April.
The aim was to raise £500 for the company’s favoured charity, the East Anglian Air Ambulance service. Pledges at over £1,000 have more than doubled this sum. A team of seven took part, plus two non-QE staff, with some tackling the five-mile and others braving the ten-mile course with over 40 obstacles!
Due to increased demand for Paneltim by pig farmers, Quality Equipment has extended its storage area by 220m² (2368 sq ft) at its Woolpit, Suffolk, base.
This will enable the company to stock an extra 5,000m² (53,819 sq ft) of the plastic panel, widely used in piggeries, particularly for pen division and gates. It offers substantial benefits in terms of strength and hygiene over many traditional materials.