Farmweld A-Crate™. – sow comfort, piglet safety, easy access
Sow comfort and piglet safety are key to maximizing farrowing-room productivity. Providing workers with easy access to the sow and litter ensures that critical tasks, daily observations and animal care get the priority treatment they deserve. Those aspects, along with our commitment to high-quality, durable materials, drive the design and manufacturing of the Farmweld A-Crate for farrowing.
The A-Crate is made of solid-rod construction for superior durability. The design maximizes room available to the sow from head-gate to the rump bars without robbing space from the alley. The Farmweld A-Crate assembly involves minimal pieces and two bolts for quick and easy installation.
The A-Crate has low back sides – just 25″ (635 mm) from the floor — giving the farrowing-room crew easy access to the sow and piglets without having to open or climb over gates. Finger-bar or bow-bar options are available.
Pig Saver Flip Bars ensure the sow will ease herself down slowly, which protects baby pigs, yet the sow can stand up without restriction. These Pig Saver Flip Bars have no sharp edges and are welded at the factory, so no additional installation is required at the farm.
Swinging Rump Guard gates open forward and backward, giving workers excellent access to assist during farrowing even when the sow is lying up against the gate. It also makes it easy to clean up behind the sow.
Front and back gates both have quick-release, making it simple to manipulate with just one hand. Non-removable pins mean they won’t get dropped or misplaced.
Stainless steel used in high-wear areas for durability. The back gate has a solid-rod steel frame with a stainless steel insert. The back of the crate has stainless steel feet.
Solid-rod construction provides superior durability and the rounded corners enhance safety. The two-bolt assembly makes installation quick and easy. A–Crate sizes come in lengths of 7′ (2.13 m), 7′ 6″ (2.29 m) and 8′ (2.44 m).
The durable Modular Cast Center Platform, with fiberglass beams, provides a cool, comfortable surface for the sow; meanwhile piglets stay warm on plastic panels that interlock into the cast sections.
The Farmweld Warming Panel™ reduces drafts to keep newborn piglets warm, and the panel texture offers superior traction. Made with virgin polypropylene material, the interlocking design integrates seamlessly into the farrowing platforms, beams and flooring system. Sizes allow producers flexibility in determining coverage area.
Creep-area dividers are made of corrugated stainless steel. Piglet creep-area dividers are 20″ (508 mm) tall. Framed dividers on the row ends are 24″ (610 mm) tall to prevent sows from jumping.
Feeder choices and waterers keep lactating sows productive. Selections include LaborSaver™, Deflector, Round-bottom or Sow Shelf feeders. Waterers are stainless steel with Edstrom™ nipples for the sow and piglets.”
Additional tools help manage the sow and litter. Swinging heat lamp rods position heat where it’s needed. Front and rear sow card holders fit standard-sized record cards; they are clipless to prevent sows from removing cards.
“There was a one to two percent drop (in mortality rates) versus our old farrowing rooms,” Randy Koehl says. Randy believes the combination of the wider creep areas and Farmweld crates helped lower pre-weaning mortality rates.
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