Ad-lib feeders are designed to be filled every few days or weekly, with sows eating to appetite as and when they wish. Feed is the most significant cost in an outdoor pig enterprise: our Ad-Lib Feeders help to reduce waste and ensure maximum productivity.
Pig feed is hygroscopic and will quickly spoil if it’s exposed to moisture. Our Ad-lib Feeders are completely waterproof, ensuring the feed remains dry and fresh: this construction ensures they’re totally vermin-proof, too.
Our Ad-lib Feeders are available in three sizes, the smallest with four feed spaces each side and a capacity of 0.5 tons, and the largest with eight feed spaces each side and holding 1.1 tons. Each feed space is covered with a hinged flap to keep it water- and vermin-proof; an adjustable rake makes it suitable for any pellet or cob-type ration. A full-width hinged lid offers easy access for filling, while integral skids in the base with fork sockets and towing eyes makes moving simple, too.
Pig feed can be extremely corrosive, so all our Ad-lib Feeders are made from galvanised steel for maximum longevity. Many of our Feeders remain in service after more than 20 years, ensuring an excellent return on your investment.
To reduce waste, time and labour costs, it’s important to match the number of feeder spaces and feed capacity both to your group numbers in each paddock, and your preferred management system.
Sow Feed Troughs
Feed is likely to be your most significant cost in an outdoor pig enterprise, so minimising waste is critical to profitability. Our Sow Feed Troughs are designed to prevent wastage, and ensure your sows are getting the precise nutrition they need at every stage of pregnancy.
Sow Feed Troughs are the ideal solution if you’re feeding daily. They allow you to provide an exact amount of feed to suit your group numbers, sow condition and stage of pregnancy. Feeding in troughs prevents feed from being trodden into the ground, or eaten by vermin.
Our Sow Feed Troughs have been designed following extensive trials and dialogue with farmers. Pig feed is both corrosive and abrasive, so all Sow Feed Troughs are constructed from steel galvanised with a higher zinc content than typically used in farm equipment: Troughs can also be supplied in hot-dipped galvanised steel if you prefer. The Trough is suspended above the ground further reducing the risk of corrosion.
A key feature of the design is that the Trough is reinforced from below, instead of using cross-braces, reducing the risk of serious injury to sows through tripping, and making cleaning much easier.
The Trough is available in a range of lengths up to 23’0”: we recommend allowing 2’3” – 2’5” of linear feed space per sow.