Czech producers fight rising feed costs with modern technology

CZECH REPUBLIC - Farm AGRA Beznice near Bechyne in Czech Republic and BAUER TECHNICS recently invited a number of producers to visit its new installation of a Nedap Velos ESF system. The aim was to discuss group housing options for pregnant sows and demonstrate the benefits of electronic sow feeding (ESF).
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More than 50 interested visitors came to look at the newly installed ESF at Farm AGRA, Breznice. They were also told about the costs savings and efficiency benefits that the business has made since using the Nedap Velos system.

Inside Farm Agra's new ESF dry sow house

Pigs can now be produced in line with European standards for animal husbandry and welfare. The business has also been able to improve rationing and feed efficiency without any additional labour input.

BAUER TECHNICS, Nedap Velos official dealer in the region, had a principle role in developing the system for this farm. The company is now acknowledged throughout Eastern-Europe, as a leading specialist in sow housing.

By using the Nedap Velos platform, BAUER TECHNICS can provide a considerable part of their service by internet. An integrated web-cam supplies both the farm manager and the service-engineers with a real-time insight in the functioning of the system.

Key advantages

More than 50 pig producers attended Farm Agra's open day to view its new Nedap Velos system in action

Farm AGRA has been using the system for just over four months and it has noticed some key advantages. Not only has the system required the lowest total investment, compared with other options such as trickle feeding and free access stalls, the ESF has allowed more efficient use of equipment and space.

The key benefit is the ability to individually feed each sow - according to age and body condition. And, this can be achieved without having to move sows out of the system or any re-grouping of animals during pregnancy.

The system is set up to signal if any sows have note fed or not eaten their daily ration. This function allows stockmen to investigate and take prompt action. The system has many management benefits and has helped to maintain herd productivity, says Farm AGRA.

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