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North American Business for ESF Specialist

by 5m Editor
15 January 2008, at 8:49am

NORTH AMERICA - As US and Canadian pig producers start transfer to group housing gestating sows, following a ban in some states on the use of gestation-stalls, electronic housing specialist NEDAP Agri has set up a North American arm to its business.

(l-r) Gary Wyse and Tyler Standley from Nedap Agri North America are primed to help US and Canadian producers adapt to group housing.

The new branch will be able to offer full support to the American swine industry on Electronic Sow Feeding (ESF) as an effective tool to manage group housed sows.

Gary Wyse, Tyler Standley Rene Weernink will head up the business. All have vast experience of pig production and will manage both the commercial and technical implementation of Nedap ESF system in the US and Canada. The business will install and start-up first installations in the first half of this year, it will also provide on-going support and training for producers and their staff.

The initial focus will be to develop the alternative, group housing, under North American conditions. The US industry faces many challenges, including continued feed price rises and a shortage of trained, quality staff. However, Nedap is confident that thorough planning, correct installation and good availability of service the industry will embrace loose housing systems.

It says that by combining the European experience with the American ambition to adapt their industry to the changing demands, there is a strong basis for innovation and success.

Nedap Agri has recently introduced a new platform, Nedap Velos, to control their agricultural applications and is hoping to expand their product range within the pig sector.

5m Editor