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Open Day Attracts Many Visitors

by 5m Editor
30 April 2009, at 9:49am

GERMANY - The new barn for finishing pigs of the Driever family who live in Freren, northern Germany, was recently inaugurated with an Open Day.


Bernhard Driever and his wife receive a large gift basket from Martin Honkomp (Howema/Big Dutchman). Far right: André Appel (Big Dutchman)

View into a finishing compartment


Numerous interested visitors accepted the invitation to the opening: a proud number of 1,000 farmers, family members, neighbours and friends came to Freren to have a look at the new building for 1,200 finishing pigs.

In their search for innovative housing equipment, the Driever family opted for the German equipment supplier Big Dutchman.

The 29 x 63 m barn houses ten compartments with eight pens each and one extra compartment. Every pen can hold 15 pigs. All compartments are equipped with animal-friendly and easy-to-clean housing equipment from Big Dutchman for increased stability and a long service life.

For thorough barn cleaning the Driever family installed a soaking system and a central high-pressure cleaner.

Big Dutchman not only supplied the housing equipment but also the entire feeding system. Among others this includes the reliable double automatic feeder PicNic-Jumbo which promotes high weight gains in the finishing phase.

The pigs are fed by a multi-phase dry feeding system with two separate feed loops. Feed is supplied by the reliable DRY RAPID tube conveyor.