As producers invest more in group housing solutions, some of the ESF equipment that has been out on farms for 5 or more years, is beginning to tell a similar story. The anomia, feces, and acidic environment of most North American pig farms is vastly different to that of our Europeans friends, which is where the majority of the ESF feeding equipment originated from.
In the past few years, I have seen with my own eyes, doors, side panels, feed bowls and many other components of feeding stations, that have rusted, stopped working or simply fell apart, most only 5-7 years after installation. Add to this the increased technology of separation, air compressors, sensors, incorporated weigh scales etc. the list of, ‘things that can go wrong’, continues to grow. All of this can add to the time and labor to manage the system and, as a result, takes PEOPLE away from raising PIGS! It is important that you invest in a system that will hold up to the test of time. Technology will play a big part in Agriculture in the future.
It is important that we create a balance between technology and the manufacturing of equipment in such a way that it simple, reliable, and durable to withstand the environment of the pig farm, yet adaptable to the ever changing, data driven, world in which we run our daily operations!