Pig producers can now make more informed decisions about suitable feeder types, thanks to the publication of initial findings from a BPEX pig feeder review.
BPEX – the organisation for pig levy payers in England – installed a range of feeders from different manufacturers on one of Rattlerow Farms’ pig units to compare both feed wastage and ease of adjustment.
Wet/dry meal, wet/dry pellets and dry meal were all included in the review.
BPEX knowledge transfer manager Richard Bows said: “Given the significant contribution feed costs make to the overall cost of production, producers wanted us to start looking at pig feeders and how they can contribute to more cost efficient production.
“As genetics develop, we need to keep evaluating how to get the most out of the modern pig. There’s a combination of factors including the type of feeder, pig stocking density, the position of the feeder in the pen and feeder space, which BPEX is planning further work on this year.”